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12th century map recreated for Dover Castle

A medieval ‘Mappa Mundi’ has been re-created for Dover Castle using paint made from ground up lapis lazuli, malachite, a pigment known as ‘dragon’s blood’, ink from oak galls and 23.5 carat gold leaf.

“Medieval maps are laden with meanings and convey a world view typified by a fear of God and the end of time, but also in awe of the scale and wonder of Creation.”

Dragon’s blood, he added, was not made from dragons – or even a reptile – but the root of a shrub bearing that name.

The map was made by expert calligraphers Phil and Tamara Pleasant, who said it had been “an immense pleasure” to work on it.

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