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The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History by Colin McEvedy and David Woodroffe.

Colin McEvedy David Woodroffe The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

McEvedy’s atlas is certainly a fascinating synopsis of medieval history. It’s also nothing like what I hoped for when I bought it. Readers looking to identify medieval place-names with their geographic locations will be largely disappointed. Nearly all the maps are of an identical scale, to comprehend the whole of Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. What they do provide is diagrams for the location and movement of populations, cultures, and material resources throughout the area on a diachronic basis, with maps to account for every period of 25-50 years from the year 362 to 1483. [via]