Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West

ISBN : 9780197265048

Lucy Donkin; Hanna Vorholt
350 Pages
164 x 241 mm
Pub date
Apr 2012
Proceedings of the British Academy
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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.


Adomnan's Plans in the Context of his Imagining 'the Most Famous City'
The Exegetical Jerusalem: Maps and Plans for Ezekiel Chapters 40-48
The Imaginary Jerusalem of Nicholas of Lyra
The 'Pictures' of Jerusalem in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 156
'Ista est Jerusalem'. Intertextuality and Visual Exegesis in the Representation of Jerusalem in Peter of Poitiers' Compendium Historiae in Genealogia Christi and Werner Rolevinck's Fasciculus Temporum
Studying with maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in two thirteenth century manuscripts
Jerusalem under Siege: Marino Sanudo's Map of the Water Supply, 1320
An Illuminated English Guide to Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Oxford, Queen's College, MS 357
Virtual Pilgrimages to Real Places: the Holy Landscapes

About the author: 

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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