The Oxford Outremer Map Project reanimates a neglected but immensely important medieval artifact with digital tools. The Oxford Outremer map, likely drawn by an English monk named Matthew Paris, demonstrates a significant preoccupation with sacred geography in the time of the Crusades. This map provides the travel times in days south along the Mediterranean coastline to Jaffa where pilgrims would ultimately disembark for Jerusalem. The original map, however, was drawn on the back of a sheet of parchment and, today, has various levels of wear. This project used digital tools to restore this map. This restoration produced a much clearer image of the drawings as they were originally inscribed upon the parchment. What is more, this online exhibition provides commentary and further resources on the map, its author, and its historical context.

 

Outremer

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