The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World

by Simon Adams

Hardcover, 2007



Local notes

940.1 Ada





Kingfisher (2007), Hardcover, 48 pages


With sixteen exquisite maps showing what the world was like from A.D. 500 to 1450, this book is sure to feed children"s fascination with knights and castles, Vikings, Crusades, the Aztecs, and the Incas. Each map shows the major sites associated with a particular medieval theme, with colorful picture icons revealing cities, palaces, religious buildings, farmers, traders, warriors, and much more. Additional feature spreads present in-depth information on the key topics of cathedrals and monasteries, Islamic culture, knights and castles, and the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. This atlas is the ideal companion to any study of medieval history or literature.

Physical description

48 p.; 12.18 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member amclellan0908
Adams' text provides a helpful overview of the Medieval World, beginning with a definition of the Medieval period and identifying common themes that link various locations together during this time. The cartography is explained on page 5, giving the key and a locator map to help the reader
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reference which part of the world he/she is reading about. After a brief explanation about how we know about medieval life, we move into the history of the medieval period, which is discussed by continent or region. Each continent or region contains a more detailed map of the area with significant landmarks and people depicted and briefly explained. A more comprehensive timeline of the medieval milestones appear vertically on the right page of each region. Continents and regions discussed include: Europe, India, China, Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, The Pacific, Vikings, Mongols, African Kingdoms, and North and Central America. Europe receives a bit more detail than the other regions, continents, and people groups, and the author never states why he devotes more resources to Europe. The second most detailed people groups are those from Central America; these receive more pages than the others but less than Europe.

Because of this, I would only use this text as a supplemental introduction in a British Literature course. It does provide some excellent information about developments outside of the European region that could help students develop a worldview for this time period.
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