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Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West$
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Lucy Donkin and Hanna Vorholt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265048

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.001.0001

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Studying with Maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Two Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts

Studying with Maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Two Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts

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(p.162) (p.163) 6 Studying with Maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Two Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts
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Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West
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Hanna Vorholt

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.003.0007

This chapter focuses on two closely related diagrammatic maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in two thirteenth-century manuscripts now in Brussels (Bibliothèque Royale, MS IV 462) and London (British Library, MS Harley 658). On the basis of a comparison between the maps and their transmission contexts it is argued that the maps served as didactic tools, aiding the study of biblical history. The layout of the maps is analysed in relation to wider developments in Western medieval manuscript production and learning during the second half of the twelfth and first half of the thirteenth centuries, particularly in relation to the emphasis on a more systematic and rigorous structuring of knowledge. The manuscripts are seen as indicative of how topographical information concerning the Holy Land was put to use in biblical study, and of how scholasticism could have influenced the ways in which Jerusalem was represented and perceived.

Keywords:   transmission contexts, Brussels, medieval learning, structuring of knowledge, layout, scholasticism, diagrammatic maps, biblical study, Holy Land, Jerusalem

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