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Featured Item: [Europe as a woman].

By Caroline Kayko

Map of Europe as a woman

What is the item?

This item, titled in our catalog [Europe as a woman], is a version of the Europa Regina appearing in one of the volumes of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. Münster was a 16th century German cartographer, and Cosmographia was the first German-language depiction of the world. The original Europa Regina was drawn by Johannes Putsch, a poet. This map gained popularity in the late 16th century after being included in one of the later versions of Cosmographia.

What BTAA Library submitted the item?

University of Michigan

Close up of the map of Europe as a woman

Interesting tidbits:

  • There are many interpretations of the queen’s pose here. At the time, Charles V controlled the Roman Empire as well as Spain; it’s possible that is why Spain is her head.
  • It is also possible that she is holding the orb (Sicily) and turned to the right in an offering of power to her husband, Charles V.

Where can I find out more?

Have questions about this item, the BTAA geoportal, or maps and geospatial data in general? Please don’t hesitate to contact our project team!

Caroline Kayko is the Map & Geospatial Data Librarian at the University of Michigan.