Northampton on the Welsh Coast? Some Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Sailing Directions
Richardson, W A R
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Those fourteenth-, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century mariners who were literate almost certainly relied much more upon sailing directions than upon charts. A mere glance at some of the earliest surviving charts of areas other than the Mediterranean and the Black Sea will show why, for they amounted to little more than aides-memoires.