Saturday 23 September, 4pm
Bangor on the Hereford world map (c1300)
Civitas Bencur – the City of Bangor – appears on a single surviving medieval world- map: the Hereford mappa mundi (c.1300). This map achieves an extraordinary ambition: to present a universal visual library on a sheet of vellum measuring 5 feet 2 inches by 4 feet 4 inches. The map gives Ireland and Britain a vital role in its essential narrative: the story of the human race and its salvation. Bangor’s contribution to this story becomes apparent when the Hereford map is read in the context of key texts, including Bernard of Clairvaux’s Life of Malachy of Armagh, who revived Bangor’s monastic heritage in the early twelfth century.
Dr Diarmuid Scully lectures in medieval history at the School of History, University College Cork. He has written on classical and medieval representations of Britain and Ireland in text and image, including maps. He is currently preparing a book on Gerald of Wales’s re-imagining of Ireland as an exotic, barbarous island at the ends of the Earth.
Supported by The Bangor Historical Society