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The Catalan Atlas by Abraham Cresques - 14th century

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:04:04  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The Catalan Atlas is a collection of illuminated charts bound together like a book. Intended for the King of France, it gave him a picture of the entire known world in his time. Geographical, political and economic details are intermingled with ancient legends and the "wonders” of distant Asia on these portolan maps. These are based on medieval tales, like the Books of Marvels of the World based on Marco Polo's travels.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Manuscripts Department, Spanish shelf mark number 30.
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Director : FERLITA Céline (CLT, UPS CNRS, Villejuif)
Animation : LHUILLERY Esther
Scientific referent : VAGNON EmmanuelleFERLITA Céline
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Manuscrits, Espagnol 30.

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BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)


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Geography ; History


Human geography ; History


Middle Ages ; Document

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Item No.6862
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
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