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Spanish Realms in the "Book of All Kingdoms," Late 14th Century

Last modified: 2015-07-28 by ivan sache
Keywords: spain | españa | historical | book of all kingdoms | castille | pennant: ogival | text: arabic (golden) |
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A few remarks about the Catalan Atlas: it was a donation from king Pedro IV to his friend, king Charles IV of France. The map is surprisingly exact in its description of the Mediterranean Basin but has nothing to do with reality in regions further away. Some “information” about far regions is taken from the Holy Bible, and some parts are mere fantasies of the producers.

The Atlas is not simply a collection of maps, but an image of the system of the world, what the ancient Greeks would have called κοσμος ("cosmos.")

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 June 2009