Saturday 15 May 2010

After the latest chapter, “Gunnora comes to the crossing of seven roads,” I thought we needed a good map of the area, so I threw one together this morning. (Click for a big version.)

Map of Flanders and surrounding regions

Finding exact borders between all these duchies, counties, kingdoms, and ecclesiastical city-​states at a given moment in time over nine hundred years ago is practically impossible, so I didn’t bother trying. I did color-​code the city labels to show what territory they belonged to in 1086, as near as I can tell.

Kingdom of England and Duchy of Normandy
County of Flanders
Fuchsia (is there a difference?)
County of Hainaut – at times during our story this was part of Flanders, but not in 1086
County of Vermandois
Kingdom of France
Dark Blue
Duchy of Lower Lotharingia
Light Blue
Duchy of Upper Lotharingia
Brick Red

I think I covered all the places mentioned in the story so far.

As long as I am at it, here’s a map of the Isle of Man. I plan on putting up a Maps section of the site one of these days, but this map is already done.

Map of the Isle of Man

These maps are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-​Share Alike 3.0. Credit for the original images goes to Eric Gaba for both France (on which the map centered on Flanders is based) and the Isle of Man.