13 Feb 2014

So, the maps

They're beautiful, aren't they?

What's more, they're online and free. Wow.

They're the work of cartographer/calligrapher Reginald Piggott, and despite the fact that his work graces the pages of many books, and he is even cited as author of a couple, I can tell you nothing about him apart from the fact that he was born in 1930, lived in Norfolk, and has now died.

Fortunately his beautiful work lives on, and is available for viewing - and to print from Kemble, the Anglo-Saxon Charters Website.

It was hard to choose which to print for this term on Ancient Britain. I would have loved the full set, but I settled for two - Bede's Britain, shown above, and Southern England in the time of Alfred the Great, below. Perhaps I'll give in ad print more as we move through the year. Given their beauty, it is certainly possible.

I had the maps printed professionally (my brother-in-law works for a photographic company) in A3 size. They're just perfect, and I love them. I hope you will find them useful as well.


  1. Oh yes, they are gorgeous! Bookmarking these for another year...

  2. LOVE these, Jeanne! I'll have to share some of these posts on the AO FB page.

  3. They are lovely, Jeanne. Funny, but I noticed the Bede's Britain map in one of your recent posts and made a mental note to ask you about it...and here you go sharing as if reading my mind. Thanks!

  4. Lovely. Still in Year 1 but bookmarking this :) Thank you :)

  5. Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing:)

  6. I could look at these types of maps all day. Thank you for sharing this link with us.

  7. Thanks so much! We're getting ready for this coming year and I've been pre-reading Birth of Britain. I'm realizing that it is imperative that we have some good maps.


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