A Medieval Atlas

Find the map you need or explore some fascinating pieces of the past

A Medieval Atlas
Melissa Snell

Nothing helps bring the past into focus quite like a well-executed map. Here you'll find some maps depicting parts of the world as it was during the Middle Ages. There are also many more maps available on the web. Our atlas is designed to help you find the map you need in the manner you find most convenient, and to offer you some intriguing documents of the past to explore.

Types of Map

There are several different types of medieval map available on the Internet.

A historical map is a modern depiction of a place in times past; this describes most of the medieval maps on the web. A period or antique map is one that was drawn during the middle ages of the world as it was at that time. Period maps offer fascinating glimpses into the medieval mindset, and can also be stunning works of art.

Many of the maps you'll encounter are old historical maps -- maps depicting the Middle Ages that were drawn centuries later, but are nearly a century old now themselves. Printed atlases, like any printed book, can lose their copyright after enough time has passed, so these public-domain maps can be scanned and posted on the web for anyone to use. There is valuable information contained in old historical maps, although they are frequently rather ornate and can be difficult to read compared to the simpler style of more modern works.

In addition to maps that depict political boundaries, some topic maps are available.

These maps illustrate subjects like the spread of the plague, trade routes, battlefields, and similar topics. You can find maps that illustrate a particular subject, when available, in the appropriate category of our directory; or you can consult our Maps by Topic index.