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Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West

Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West

This book illuminates ways in which Jerusalem was represented in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, c. 700-1500. Focusing on maps and plans in manuscripts and early printed books, it also considers views and architectural replicas, and treats depictions of the Temple and the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780197265048
Barcode 9780197265048
Published 1 March 2011 by Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Donkin, Lucy
Edited by Vorholt, Hanna
Series Proceedings of the British Academy (part: 175)
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ISBN-13 9780197265048
ISBN-10 0197265049
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 1 March 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Donkin, Lucy
Edited by Vorholt, Hanna
Series Proceedings of the British Academy (part: 175)
Category History Of Art: C 500 CE To C 1400
Antiques & Collectables: Pictures, Prints & Maps
World History: C 500 To C 1500
Historical Geography
Maps, Charts & Atlases
Number of Pages 350
Dimensions Width: 164mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 730g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jerusalem - In literature, Literature, Medieval - History and criticism, Jerusalem in Christianity, Jerusalem - In literature, Jerusalem - In Christianity
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education
Dewey Code 709.40902
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Jerusalem was the object of intense study and devotion throughout the Middle Ages. This collection of essays illuminates ways in which the city was represented by Christians in Western Europe, c. 700-1500. Focusing on maps in manuscripts and early printed books, it also considers views and architectural replicas, and treats depictions of the Temple and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre alongside those of Jerusalem as a whole. Authors draw on new research and a range of disciplinary perspectives to show how such depictions responded to developments in the West, as well as to the shifting political circumstances of Jerusalem and its wider region. One central theme is the relationship between text, image, and manuscript context, including discussion of images as scriptural exegesis and the place of schematic diagrams and plans in the presentation of knowledge. Another is the impact of trends in learning, such as the reception of Jewish scholarship, the move from monastic to university education, and the creation of yet wider audiences through mendicant preaching and the development of printing. The volume also examines the role of changing liturgical and devotional practices, including imagined pilgrimage and the mapping of Jerusalem onto European cities and local landscapes. Finally, it seeks to elucidate how two- and three-dimensional representations of the city both resulted from and prompted processes of mental visualisation. In this way, the volume is conceived as a contribution to manuscript studies, the history of cartography, visual studies, and the history of ideas.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review offers a stimulating technical vade mecum to current research and thinking about the interaction of the visual and the written, and their relationship within the religious culture of the medieval west. It is also very well served by a weight of clear, well-judged black-and-white illustrations and a collection of outstandingly well reproduced colour plates. C J Tyerman, English Historical Review

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Author's Bio

Lucy Donkin is a University Lecturer at the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge. She received her MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has held a Rome Scholarship at the British School at Rome, an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College, Oxford. She has taught Medieval History and Art History at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research explores aspects of medieval visual culture and perceptions of place, with particular reference to Italy. Hanna Vorholt is a full-time research consultant at the Warburg Institute for the ERC-funded project 'Projections of Jerusalem in Europe', and an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge. She completed her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her PhD thesis at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Previously, she worked as Research Associate at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and as Project Officer at the British Library; she has held a Munby Fellowship in Bibliography at Cambridge University Library, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Warburg Institute. Her research concentrates on processes of knowledge transfer through illuminated manuscripts and on Western medieval maps of Jerusalem.

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