medieval cartography

The Map Myth of Here Be Dragons

Caitlin Dempsey

What lies at the edge of the known world? Cartographers had different ways of showing the unknown.

Planisphere Celeste Meridionale, 1705

Notable Cartographers and Their Maps

Caitlin Dempsey

Cartography is the art and science of map making. Being a cartographer requires attention to detail, a talent for visualizing ...

What Does Ultima Thule Mean?

Caitlin Dempsey

Ultima thule is Latin and has been used over to the centuries to refer to an area of the world that is the most distant and inaccessible.  

Destroyed during World War II, the Ebstorf Map was the largest example of a complex Mappa Mundi.

Types of Medieval European Maps

Elizabeth Borneman

From the earliest civilizations onwards people have been drawing the world around them on stones, clay tablets, papyrus, and more. ...