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Les Enluminures: Masterpiece London 2017 (STAND B1)

Les Enluminures looks forward to welcoming you to the 2018 edition of



This year we are teaming up with Daniel Crouch Rare Books. Our joint display “A brief History of Time: from Matins to Mars” will explore methods of marking and keeping time throughout history.


On July 2 at 4pm Dr Christopher de Hamel, Senior Vice-President at Les Enluminures, manuscript scholar and award-winning author will give a talk on “How to Look at Medieval Manuscripts”.
The event will take place in the Lecture Theatre, in association with Chopard. Advanced registration essential.
Please find here further information.



Academic Illustrating Services

mg-illustratorCan you imagine a faster, easier and more immediate communication than a drawing?  Probably not… A drawing is more persuasive than a thousand words: even a simple reconstruction will strengthen your ideas and make them tangible. The illustrating service I offer is addressed to academics, researchers, museums, cultural institutions and publishers, mostly in archaeology and art-related subjects, but also in any other field which requires drawings. It consists in the creation of high-quality illustrations generated on professional computer software, which are generally used in books, academic papers and museum display panels:

For some years now I have been preparing a wide range of illustrations including:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Ground floor plans
  • Axonometric building projections
  • Reconstructions of archaeological findings
  • 3D reconstructions
  • Maps

… and much more!

Click here to see a selection of my work, and please do not hesitate to get in touch for any queries.

I look forward to hearing about your project!

Matilde Grimaldi

Current Events

Upcoming Event: London Medieval Society Meeting- Forging Ahead (November 14, 2015)

scan0006The first London Medieval Society Colloquium of the new academic year welcomes Dr Alfred Hiatt as the Society’s new President. To celebrate the program explores themes central to his research: – Medieval Forgeries, Medieval Maps, Places and Spaces

Speakers are:

Catherine Delano-Smith on understanding medieval maps;

Leonie Hicks on medieval voyaging;

Marianne O’Doherty on medieval ideas of the Indian Ocean;

Yossef Rapoport on Islamic cartography;and

Lawrence Warner on medieval forgers and Piers Plowman

Members attend free; non-members are also very welcome to attend. Please see website for membership details – you may pay your temporary or annual membership on the day (£10/5 concessions per colloquia: it is £20/10 for annual membership: there are three events each year).

The event will be held in the beautiful Charterhouse Square (nearest Tube: Barbican)

Saturday, 14 November 2015 from 11:00 to 18:00 
Lecture Theatre – Joseph Rotblat Building, Charterhouse Square. London EC1M 6BQ GB – View Map
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Defining Otherness in Medieval Maps (Kalamazoo 2016)

OthernessMapsMedieval maps – from mappaemundi to elaborately decorated nautical charts – provide abundant and rich evidence for the ways in which European cartographers viewed, framed and represented other peoples. This panel seeks papers that bring new materials and new insights to this field of study. We hope for papers exploring depictions of otherness, including foreigners and monsters, on medieval maps that have not been examined from this point of view before, perhaps including depictions of Europeans on Islamic maps. We certainly welcome papers that challenge current views and / or that bring new critical or theoretical perspectives to bear on the medieval mapping of otherness.

Papers are expected to be amply illustrated with high-quality images of the maps discussed. Please send your title and abstract (250 words), together with a short CV focusing on your work in the history of cartography along with the conference Participant Information Form, to and by September 18, 2015.

The Participant Information Form can be found on the Congress website:

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100 – 1600 (London 2014)

Call for Papers
Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100 – 1600
London, Queen Mary, University of London, September 8-9, 2014
Deadline: 21 February 2014

cfp_cartographyThe Leverhulme Network ‘Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World’ aims to promote comparative, cross-disciplinary scholarship on Islamic and European cartography by bringing together experts in these two fields for a two-day symposium to be held at Queen Mary, University of London, on September 8-9, 2014. Participants are invited to explore moments of contact between traditions (e.g. twelfth-century Spain; the court of Roger II of Sicily; fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian cartography; Piri Reis and post-Columban cartography of the early sixteenth century) as well as differences and divergences. Reflections on the methodology of the comparative study of maps are also welcome.

Papers may wish to address some of the following topics, but need not be restricted to them:

  • the contexts – material, political, spiritual, artistic – of mapmaking in Europe and the Islamic world
  • audiences for maps; ‘cartographic literacy’
  • interactions between European and Islamic mapmaking: exchange, influence, borrowing
  • reception of classical texts, e.g. Ptolemy’s Geographia/Jugrafiya
  • patronage
  • the cartography of al-Idrisi
  • nautical mapmaking in the Mediterranean
  • cartography in the Ottoman empire (up to c. 1600)
  • comparative histories of cartography

Please send proposals consisting of an abstract of c. 300-500 words for 20-minute papers to Matthew Champion ( by February 21, 2014. Proposals are encouraged from doctoral students, early-career and established scholars, and travel and accommodation for speakers will be funded.

On behalf of the conference convenors:
Alfred Hiatt (
Jerry Brotton (
Yossi Rapoport (