More Vinland maps and texts. Discovering the New World in Higden’s Polychronicon

  title={More Vinland maps and texts. Discovering the New World in Higden’s Polychronicon},
  author={Michael Livingston},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  pages={25 - 44}
Over four decades have passed since an antiquarian bookseller brought a medieval map to Yale University Library and set into motion a series of events that would end in a controversy that continues to this day: is the so-called Vinland Map real and, if so, what is its significance? This present essay seeks to contribute to the debates over the early mapping of America by investigating the possibility that the Vinland Map (regardless of authenticity) is not the sole visual representation of… Expand


As Friedman notes, the excerpt of Higden's Polychronicon is the 26th item in the codex, appearing on folios 120v-133r. I am very much indebted to Friedman's scholarship for much of
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For more information on Popilton's career, see the information provided by John Block Friedman in 'Cultural conflicts in medieval maps
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Northern English books, 41. A copy of Higden's text is known to have been in the Austin Friars' Library at York in the 14th century
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For an overview of the discovery of the Canary Islands and the attribution of the name 'Fortunate Isles', see
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See the map stemma in Harley and Woodward