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Medieval Sourcebook:
Medieval European Geography Quiz

European history requires some knowledge of European geography and so there will be map-based questions in your exams. For this assignment atlases are available in Library Reference Room of the Library. Other geographical information can be gathered from the Encyclopaedia Britannica or Encyclopedia Americana which open each article on a country with an account of its geography.


1. Cities

Mark these cities on Map I below with a dot (write the city's name next to the dot). These were all important cities in the classical period or the middle ages. Next to the name of each city indicate in which modern country it is situated.


1. Paris 2. Rome 3. London
4. Marseilles 5. Constantinople 6. Lyon
7. Toledo 8. Venice 9. York
10. Jerusalem 11. Avignon 12. Barcelona
13. Florence 14. Assisi 15. Alexandria
16. Cordoba 17. Athens 18. Ephesus
19. Bologna 20. Mainz


2. Physical Geography

Mark on Map 2 below the locations of the following mountain ranges, rivers and islands. For Mountains use this symbol, for rivers use a line, and with the islands write the name of the island next to it.

Mountain Ranges:

1. The Pyrennees 2. The Appennines 3. The Alps
4. Massif Centrale 5. The Carpathians



6. The Rhine 7. The Danube 8. The Po
9. The Elbe 10.  The Seine 11. The Thames
12. The Nile 13.  The Tagus


14. Sicily 15. Ireland 16. Sardinia
17. Great Britain 18. Corsica 19. Cyprus
20. Crete 23. Majorca 24. Shetland


3. Regional Names

Most modern states did not exist in the middle ages, for instance there was no `France' or `Germany' in the modern sense. `Italy' was not a united country unitil 1871. These terms were used, however, although somewhat vaguely. On this final map then indicate the approximate areas meant by the following names.

1. France 2. Germany 3. Italy
4. Spain 5. England 6. Denmark
7. Flanders 8. The Holy Land 9. Egypt

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