Mental Geographies and Cultural Identities in the Baltic Region in the Eleventh-Century: the Anglo-Saxon Cotton World Map
By Mihai Dragnea
History, Culture and Research, vol. III, eds. Dumitru-Cătălin Rogojanu, Gherghina Boda, Cetatea de Scaun (Targoviste, 2019)
Abstract: Most often, mental geographies are very conscious constructions, based on a contemporary reality, and geographical space is no longer simply formed by spatial boundaries, but rather becomes a construct in people’s heads. However, these constructions of a geographical space do not follow only a religious pattern, but can sometimes be motivated by economic interests. Thus, in medieval cartography, the role of these mental geographies is to create a sense of common identity.