A recent BBC video explores the significance of the Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral, United Kingdom …

The Mappa Mundi at Hereford was created about 1300CE – 700 years ago – as a reflection of the Europeans understanding of the “known” world at that time. A literal encylopedia of medieval geographic, scientific and cultural knowledge of the world, the map was about 1.5 meters (or 4.5 feet) in size. It was a contemporary of the Ebstorf map, created c. 1235CE, at a much larger scale of 3.5 meters square (11.7 feet).

Although it seems a naive (at best) and definitely a xenophobic depiction of the world, it has much to tell us about the world view of Europeans of that period. Click on the BBC report below to see more about the Map …

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For more information on using historic maps to document cultural landscapes, click here to go to Methodologies: Maps as Documentary Evidence.