After providing an overview of the content and argument of each of the nine chapters, the introduction outlines three themes that run through the book as a whole: the impact of developments in the West on the production of representations of Jerusalem; the way in which such representations relate to their specific contexts, whether manuscripts, buildings or wider landscapes; and the role played by the imagination in the process of creating and responding to these images. A brief account is then given of a display of manuscripts and early printed books at the Bodleian Library, Oxford that accompanied the conference at which the papers were delivered. Finally there is a fuller description of comparatively little-known depictions in two of the manuscripts exhibited: a plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its surroundings in MS Laud Misc. 241; and a schematic map of Jerusalem in MS Lyell 71.
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