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Talking Maps - with Jerry Brotton

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Stories make maps. Throughout history and across different cultures, oral and written stories have been recounted to map-makers by travellers and sailors, surveyors and artists, even writers and theologians. As map-makers incorporate these narratives, they in turn create their own graphic stories about the places they represent.

We are thrilled to welcome Jerry Brotton one of the authors responsible for the wonderful book Talking Maps.

Talking Maps is a celebration of stories, conversations and discussions that surround the creation and use of maps covering nearly two millennia.

It begins in Alexandria in the second century ce and ends with today’s computer-generated maps of current world population growth. Including such rare treasures as a unique map of the Mediterranean from the eleventh-century Arabic Book of Curiosities, Muslim scholar al-Sharīf al-Idrīsī’s twelfth-century world map, C.S. Lewis’s map of Narnia, JRR Tolkien’s cosmology of Middle-earth and Grayson Perry’s twenty-first-century tapestry map, this fascinating book highlights the different role of maps through the ages.

They are not just used to find your way, but are also guides to the afterlife, windows into alternative worlds and tools that have been used to manage land, nations and empires.


This beautiful book accompanies the Bodleian Libraries’ Talking Maps exhibition (5 July 2019 – 8 March 2020) which celebrates the Libraries’ remarkable collection of more than 1.5 million maps, one of the best collections in the world:

Tickets £4 (redeemable against the price of Talking Maps by Jerry Brotton and Nick Millea).


Includes a glass of wine/soft drink.

About the authors:


Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps. Nick Millea is Map Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries.


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