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Copying Maps By Matthew Paris: Itineraries Fit For A King

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This chapter looking at two medieval itinerary maps: Monastic version and Royal version, which are, on the surface, rather similar in appearance. The Royal version's map of England also has traditionally been ascribed to Matthew Paris, but as we will see, the hurried addition of this map specifically locates its creation as a response to Edward I's call for supporting evidence for his royal claims and allows us to speculate further on the reason for the production of the itinerary itself. The Monastic itinerary tells the foundational stories of three world capitals that comprise textual staging posts for the journey, beginning in London, through Europe to Rome, and then finally to Jerusalem at its end. The Plantagenet kings of England deployed cartographic imagery, maps or geographic descriptions, as part of textual and visual programs that aimed to assert power and imperial ambitions.

Keywords: itinerary maps; Jerusalem; London; Matthew Paris; monastic version; Rome; royal version



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