Normandia ducatus

Author: Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
Publisher: Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
Date: 1635
Location: Normandy (France)

Dimensions: 37 x 51 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:505,000]
Call Number: G1015 .C651 1630


Boston Public Library copy is part of composite portfolio atlas with title "Collection of old maps." Each of the 300 maps in this collection is cataloged individually.

Shakespeare wrote a number of history plays, which were based on earlier works by other authors. However, the Bard did not always follow history to the letter. In Henry VI, Part I, Shakespeare manipulates dates of actual events, as well as facts related to people, to create a greater dramatic effect. For example, the character Joan La Pucelle, based on Joan of Arc, was portrayed as an unwed mother and witch in the play, contrary to actual facts. The area near Rouen in Normandy, as illustrated in this 1635 map, was one of the settings for Henry VI, Part I, wherein Joan urged her countrymen to “Look on thy country,” and reclaim France for themselves.

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