The Location of Jerusalem

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Read another chapter from my manuscript. The extract called “The Location of Jerusalem on European Mind Maps” tells about the paramount importance of the Holy City for Christendom, especially from the Crusade era. All observers agreed that it was the world’s spiritual center but many also claimed that it was the geographical middle point of the earth. https://scriggler.com/DetailPost/Opinion/35570

This is my latest chapter on the scriggler. You can also get familiar with the other extracts from my second manuscript, “The Enchanting Encounter with the East”, on my profile page https://scriggler.com/Profile/michael_baizerman

(six headlines from the above) as well as view pages from my book, Dawn and Sunset, and about the ancient Israel. You are also invited to make comments.

 

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How Wide Spreads the Ocean

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I published another article on my most successful site https://scriggler.com/DetailPost/Opinion/34322

This is the last chapter from Unit 1 of my manuscript titled “The Enchanting Encounter with the East”. You can see all these parts at my page https://scriggler.com/Profile/michael_baizerman

(the upper four headlines). My previous article gained such popularuty that was awarded with the title “Publication of the day”.

The chapter tells about various estimations of the width of the Ocean Sea and discusses the prospects of crossing the water body which, according to the popular worldview, separated the western and eastern extrenmes of the Old World. I give comments on a few real and fictitious travel reports of the ancient era and match them to a range of opinions concerning the transversing of the Atlantic.

I will soon start uploading chapters from Unit II, The Bounded Land and the Boundless Ocean. This part of my manuscript deals with basic ideas of medieval geography: the concept of the three continents, Jerusalem as the heart of the world, attitude to race, Antipodes-the legend of the fourth continent, and the Little Age of Discovery: amazing maritime adventures throughout the 14th century which led to the discovery of archipelagoes in the Central Atlantic and paved the way to the exploration of Africa.

Jerusalem as the center of the world

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Many medieval educated people would agree with this statement. I am currently editing a chapter from my second manuscript devoted to this topic. I cite influential mappae mundi like the Hereford and Ebstorf maps. I appeal to popular writers such as Sir John Mandeville. I mention experienced sailors, for example Christopher Columbus who dreamed about the final Crusade to reconquest the Holy City. I am hopeful that in the new form the chapter will be a valuable addition to my manuscript.