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Cartes Et Chroniques: Mapping And History In Late Medieval France

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French medieval cartographic studies have progressed little since the first volume of Harley and Woodward's History of Cartography was published in 1987. The introduction of regional and national maps into French historical manuscripts appears to have been the contribution of artists evidently familiar with the simplified components of the local maps designed to serve as legal documents, as well as with the practice of introducing historical texts with world maps, and also with the distinctly complex conventions of such maps. This intersection of legal practice and book culture ultimately illuminates a variety of themes central to the history of cartography, including the relationship of map-making to the manuscript tradition, the invention of maps and manipulation of precedents, and the connection of maps to texts. Remanieurs were especially important to the editions of chronicles, since such texts required regular updating and often integrated a wide variety of diverse sources.

Keywords: French medieval cartography; world maps



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