A critique of the Medieval Maps

The medieval maps were not solely made for navigation and geographical purposes. The maps have been criticized for failing to provide accurate geographic information on the places and features found across the world. however, new development has seen the medieval maps gain new respect since it has been established that they were not purposefully made for geographical purposes, but also for spiritual purposes.

Most of the medieval maps have fulfilled their purpose of depicted the world in its spiritual context. Focusing on the case of the three medieval maps it is observed that they have also fulfilled their purpose of displaying the contents of the world from the spiritual perspective. The Hereford, Psalter, and Ebstorf medieval maps have not just provided an opportunity for the viewer to see the physical world and the variety of God’s creation in it; these maps have additional images and features that enable the viewer to have a gradual unfolding of the divine plan the God had for humans. The origin of the plan from the Garden of Eden is depicted through to the human involvement in sin at various times. The viewer also is taken through the revelation and final the judgment process that will determine those who go to hell and those who go to the everlasting life. These maps also provide an opportunity for the viewers to have an imagined pilgrimage to the most sacred places considered by the various religions without physical moving to their locations. One is also likely to have a feeling of a physical pilgrimage to the sacred places through viewing the locations of the sacred places on the map. The medieval maps have therefore managed to provide an imagined and spiritual pilgrimage through the eyes and the mind to the map-readers to various sacred places across the world as perceived by the different regions observed in the world.