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Re: VMs: Merlons in the Southwest
At 11:05 28/12/02 -0500, John Grove wrote:
I don't know about anybody else, but I had never noticed the merlons on the
before. The northwest castle yes, but I don't recall anyone mentioning these
are a little strange though (what a surprise). The left side of the 'bridge'
shows the merlons
on only one wall, but the right side of the bridge 'appears' to have two
sides of the roadway
with merlons on both sides. Although, the merlons with the windows below
them appear to be drawn much
better and seem to be 'across the street' looking away from the roadway.
OK, I've had a much closer look, and I think the story may be getting a
little stranger again...
If you look carefully (at reasonable magnification) at the join between map
pages (which the row of merlons go across) on Petr's sw scan for a while,
it should quickly become clear:
(1) that the page join is almost certainly covering up about (say) 2-3
centimetres of the map
(2) that the lower of the two rows (on the right) is probably a zigzag, not
(3) that the two rows of merlons should join up somehow
(4) that the white space above the left merlons should join up with the
(wider) white space above the right merlons
(5) that the left row of merlons actually terminates in a castle tower
(6) that the right row of merlons appears (vaguely) to terminate in a gateway
(7) that the marks below the row of merlons actually seem to contain a
(8) that the marks below the central beach look like the sea
In short, this looks (to me) a lot like the kind of castle the Knights of
St John (ie, the Hospitallers) built on Rhodes and the surrounding Greek
islands mid-15th century (yes, many of them had swallowtail merlons - like
Rhodes and Halki, which I visited last summer) in order to house their fleet.
As always, though, the quality of the CopyFlo is way beyond diabolical, and
it would be so *very* nice if Petr had been allowed to scan the map page in
Kraus at significantly higher resolution. Ah well. :-(
Perhaps it might be a good idea to find if any other copies of the Kraus
book are in other (more sympathetic) libraries or private hands, as there
appears to be much more to be found here... just a thought! :-)
Curiously enough, the markings behind this castle remind me of the
extensive terracing on Halki - it was one of the most fertile islands in
the Dodecanese 500 years ago, until the water table suddenly dropped and
all the crops died.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: I'm constantly amazed by the close control of the draughtsmanship on
this page - there is so much fine detail, it's an interesting question as
to how fine a detail could have been created by its creator. It's also an
interesting question as to how closely it could physically have been
copied, if the diagram itself were traced and the encoded text added in.
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