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Maps and Geography of Medieval Times

Maps, cartographic images, charts and other graphic representations of medieval Europe, Britain, Asia and the world at large are invaluable aids in understanding our medieval past. The sites below offer both modern depictions of the world as it was in the Middle Ages and period maps created in medieval times.

A Medieval Atlas
From your About Guide, a many-layered directory to maps on the Internet and here at the Medieval History site. Use the graphical directory to find the map you need by region, or look by century or place name. Period maps, topic maps, and city & town maps are also available.

Geography
This superb site provides geographical information of every variety, from online maps to maps for sale, time and date info, climate and weather and, of course, historical maps. Very well done by About Guide Matt Rosenberg.

Cartographic Images: Early Medieval Maps
An extensive index of maps from 400 A.D. to 1300 A.D. link to online versions; a bibliography, time chart, and monographs are also available.

Cartographic Images: Late Medieval Maps
An extensive index of maps from 1300 A.D. to 1500 A.D. link to online images; a bibliography and monographs are also available.

Cartographic Images: Renaissance Maps
An extensive index of maps from 1500 A.D. to 1700 A.D. link to online versions; a time chart, bibliography and monographs are also available.

Discovery and Exploration Maps
This database of maps at the Library of Congress is searchable or browsable by subject, creator, geographical location or title. Maps are primarily from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries.

Internet Sourcebook: Maps and Images
Huge and extremely useful selection of online maps of Europe, Byzantium, Islam, and much more, at Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.

Medieval Maps Bibliography
Substantial list of print resources for understanding medieval geography, compiled by Gregory F. Rose at the ORB.

The New World
From the University of Georgia's Rare Map Collection come seven images of maps of the New World from the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

Ptolemy's Geography
The influence of Ptolemy on medieval mapmakers is revealed through medieval maps in this online exhibit at the Vatican Library.

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