Maps & Documents Archive

  • Sorcerers who mastered the art of summoning powerful djinn walked the lands of Andalusia and North Africa. One such sorcerer left behind a handwritten manuscript containing forbidden secrets of the […]

    The book of deadly names

    Sorcerers who mastered the art of summoning powerful djinn walked the lands of Andalusia and North Africa. One such sorcerer left behind a handwritten manuscript containing forbidden secrets of the […]

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  • A rookery (also sometimes described as a stew) was the colloquial British English name historically given to a city slum occupied by poor people and frequently also by criminals and prostitutes. Such areas were overcrowded, with […]

    Rookery

    A rookery (also sometimes described as a stew) was the colloquial British English name historically given to a city slum occupied by poor people and frequently also by criminals and prostitutes. Such areas were overcrowded, with […]

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  • Two of the most famously described 17th century cabinets were those of Ole Worm, known as Olaus Wormius (1588–1654) (illustration, above right), and Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680). These seventeenth-century cabinets were filled with […]

    Cabinets of Curiosities

    Two of the most famously described 17th century cabinets were those of Ole Worm, known as Olaus Wormius (1588–1654) (illustration, above right), and Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680). These seventeenth-century cabinets were filled with […]

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  • “Here be dragons” is a phrase used to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps. […]

    hic sunt dracones

    “Here be dragons” is a phrase used to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps. […]

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  • Biography His father, Roderigo de Tordesillas, and his mother, Agnes de Herrera, were both of good family. After studying for some time in his native country, Herrera proceeded to Italy, […]

    Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas

    Biography His father, Roderigo de Tordesillas, and his mother, Agnes de Herrera, were both of good family. After studying for some time in his native country, Herrera proceeded to Italy, […]

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  • By current estimates, the book originally had 272 pages in 17 quires of 16 pages each. About 240 vellum pages remain today, and gaps in the page numbering (which seems […]

    The Voynich manuscript

    By current estimates, the book originally had 272 pages in 17 quires of 16 pages each. About 240 vellum pages remain today, and gaps in the page numbering (which seems […]

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  • 131 The Dieppe maps are a series of world maps produced in Dieppe, France, in the 1540s, 1550s and 1560s. They are large hand-produced maps, commissioned for wealthy and royal […]

    Dieppe Maps

    131 The Dieppe maps are a series of world maps produced in Dieppe, France, in the 1540s, 1550s and 1560s. They are large hand-produced maps, commissioned for wealthy and royal […]

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  • There was something very odd about the 4th crusade (1202-1204). For one – they didn’t head for the Holy Land, choosing instead to go after Constantinople, then Capital of the […]

    The 4th Crusade

    There was something very odd about the 4th crusade (1202-1204). For one – they didn’t head for the Holy Land, choosing instead to go after Constantinople, then Capital of the […]

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  • In 1929, a group of historians found an amazing map drawn on a gazelle skin. Research showed that it was a genuine document drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a […]

    Piri Reis Map

    In 1929, a group of historians found an amazing map drawn on a gazelle skin. Research showed that it was a genuine document drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a […]

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