Evelyn Edson is Professor Emerita at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA, where she taught history and humanities.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on early modern Irish history. She has moved back in time to study the Middle Ages.
Prof. Edson has written numerous articles and books on medieval travel and mappamundi. These include Mapping Time and Space: How Medieval Mapmakers Viewed Their World (London: British Library, 1999); The World Map, 1300–1492: The Persistence of Tradition and Transformation (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); and, with Emilie Savage-Smith, Medieval Views of the Cosmos (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2011).
In the course of her research, funded in part by two NEH grants, she has enjoyed working in fabulous libraries in Europe and America. The manuscript featured in this book is from the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, and is one of her most pleasurable finds.