Maps and Plans
(2,680 words)

The various cartographic documents that survive from medieval Europe, whether textual or graphic in nature, were often considered merely fanciful and inaccurate well into the twentieth century, but they are now recognized to be an important resource for understanding Christian belief in general and pilgrimage in particular. Central to their appreciation is remembering that medieval European cartographers were much more conce…

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Phillip John Usher, “Maps and Plans”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 23 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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