Gervase of Ebstorf

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Photo of a reproduction of the Ebstorf Map

Gervase of Ebstof is best known as the author of the Ebstorf Map, a medieval mappa mundi created in around 1234.

He may or may not be the same man as Gervase of Tilbury, author of Otia Imperialia, "Recreation for an Emperor", written for Emperor Otto IV.[1]

The connection between Gervase of Tilbury and Gervase of Ebstof can "only remain hypothetical";[2] the arguments for Gervase of Tilbury being the mapmaker are based on the name Gervase, which was an uncommon name in Northern Germany at the time and on some similarities between the world view of the mapmaker and Gervase of Tilbury.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gervase of Tilbury, Otia Imperialia, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford, 2002, p. xxxiv
  2. ^ Evelyn Edson, Mapping Time and Space: How Medieval Mapmakers viewed their World, The British Library, 1997
  3. ^ Gervase of Tilbury, Otia Imperialia, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford, 2002, p. xxxv