The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Iceland
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256 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

23 colour illus.

Series: Studies in Old Norse Literature

Series Vol. Number: 6

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Iceland

by Dale Kedwards

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An innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the understudied Icelandic mappae mundi.
The Icelandic mappae mundi (maps of the world), drawn between c. 1225 and c. 1400, are contemporary with the breathtaking rise of its vernacular literary culture, and provide important insights into the Icelanders' capacious geographical awareness in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. However, in comparison with those drawn elsewhere, among them the English Hereford mappa mundi, they have received little critical attention.
This book explores the Icelandic mappae mundi not only for what they reveal about the Icelanders' geographical awareness, but as complex registers of Icelandic national self-perception and imagining, situating them in their various literary, intellectual, and material contexts. It reveals fully how Icelanders used the cartographic medium to explore fantasies of national origin, their political structures, and place in Europe. The small canon of Icelandic world maps is reproduced here photographically, with their texts presented alongside English translations to enable a wider understanding.
Introduction
The Icelandic hemispherical world maps
The Icelandic zonal map
The two maps from Viðey
Iceland in Europe
Forty Icelandic Priests and a Map of the World
Conclusion
Map Texts and Translations
Bibliography

DALE KEDWARDS is HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Fellow at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, the National Museum of Iceland, and the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle.

"A book that is as important as it is interesting." IMCoS Journal
"This study of mappae mundi and their concomitant texts will certainly be useful to future scholars of all kinds in the tracing of medieval sources and thus improving the "maps" of the routes of ideas bridging the North Atlantic Ocean in the Middle Ages. Kedwards deserves praise for his perseverance in sharing his vast knowledge with us in this fine book." SPECULUM

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

23 colour illus.

Series: Studies in Old Norse Literature

Series Vol. Number: 6

Imprint: D.S.Brewer