ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

ELEANOR THEMES

TRAVEL

Travel was dangerous, though trade could be profitable in the Middle Ages. Language was provincial, speaking in gestures and pointing was part of a traveler’s parley. The changing scope of Eleanor’s world enlarged as she traveled the world. Maps evolve as well. Maps of her time are shown here.

Peutinger



BY LAND - Based on Roman marching maps, the  Peutinger map is a land map, compressing the Mediterranean Sea to what looks like a river. The 13th century Peutinger Map was drawn in Colmar based on the Roman cursus publicus 400 AD.

Peutinger Condensed

Tabula Rogeria

BY SEA - Arabic sea and trade depended on a better depiction of the world. It was drawn upside down to confuse others and is labeled in phonetic Arabic.  

Rogeria Updated

Wey

LOCAL - Wey’s foldable pilgrim map noted the sites. This surviving map is dated later, however similar maps would have been drawn for Eleanor’s expedition.

Travel Animations
Extract Animations from HNS talk

Poitiers

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