Inside The Stargazer's Palace

Out now with Oneworld… a journey through scientific culture in the sixteenth century, from Nuremberg to Prague, via Louvain, London and Hven.


The Map of Knowledge

In The Map of Knowledge, Violet Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity – Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy – through seven cities and over a thousand years. Vividly told and with a dazzling cast of characters, The Map of Knowledge is an evocative, nuanced and vibrant account of our common intellectual heritage.

Violet Moller Author

I am an independent historian with a particular interest in the history of ideas and how knowledge has been transmitted through the centuries. My Ph.D was on libraries in Early Modern Britain, focusing on the organisation and collection of intellectual knowledge, which led me to look at the history of science in a wider context and resulted in The Map of Knowledge, published in February 2019. In 2016 it was awarded the RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-fiction (for a work in progress).

I started my career as a journalist, contributing articles and reviews to The Face, Arena, The Scotsman, Metro Scotland and The List amongst others, covering theatre, art, books, going out, music and culture in general. I lived in Denmark for six years where I worked as an editor and translator, in addition to various branding/research projects. On moving back to the UK, I joined the Bodleian Library as a volunteer – this resulted in being commissioned to write three small books for the Publishing Department. I graduated with MA in Classics and Medieval History and Ph.D in History from the University of Edinburgh. I live in North Buckinghamshire with my husband and our three children.

Travels Through Time Podcast

I am a presenter of the Travels Through Time history podcast which asks a wide range of brilliant historians which year they would chose if they could travel back in time. Then they take us to three special scenes or events in that year, before choosing one item to bring back to the present with them.


One of the Guardian’s “five best podcasts for the curious-minded.”



8th JUNE Shenfest

14th JUNE Buckingham Literary Festival

19th JUNE Royal Observatory, Greenwich

30th JUNE Chalke Valley History Festival

9th JULY Natural History Museum, Oxford

SEPTEMBER Wigtown Book Festival, Dumfries and Galloway


SAT 17th JUNE Live Travels Through Time podcast with Flora Fraser at the Buckingham Literary Festival

FRI 30th JUNE Live Travels Through Time podcast with Katherine Pangonis at Chalke Valley History Festival


26 MAY Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye

15 JUNE Buckingham Literary Festival

27 JUNE Chalke Valley History Festival, Broadchalke

21 SEPT Hay Festival Segovia

9 OCT Guildford Book Festival

12 OCT Classics Forum Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

4 NOV European Space Agency, Paris

14 NOV Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival

17 NOV Travels Through Time podcast

5-8 MAR 2020 Aldeburgh Literary Festival

19 MAY 2020 The Bath Festival

20 JAN 2021 7pm, Stoney Words, The Crown, Market Square, Stoney Stratford


Map of Knowledge fc by Violet Moller
Oxford in Quotations fc by Violet Moller
Bodleianalia fc by Violet Moller
Curious Dickens fc by Violet Moller


The Map of Knowledge

“Ambitious but concise, deeply researched but elegantly written, and very entertaining, The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best.”
Tim Smith-Laing, The Telegraph
“An epic treasure hunt into the highways and byways of stored knowledge across faiths and continents.”
John Agard
Poet and Playwright
“An exceptionally bold and important book.”
Daisy Hay
Author of Young Romantics
“A sumptuous, glittering, endlessly fascination book, written with passion, verve and humour”
Catherine Nixey
Author of The Darkening Age
“In this fascinating history, Violet Moller sets out how classical knowledge was transmitted across the centuries and continents...”
“Before the printing press, knowledge was easily lost. This history shows how ideas survived, says James Marriott...”
“...this is an impressive, wide-ranging examination of what might be called premodern intellectual and cultural geography.”
“A dramatic story of how civilization was passed on and preserved.”


UK – Picador  •  US – Doubleday  •  Italy – Mondadori  •  Spain – Taurus •  Holland – Meulenhoff  •  France – Editions Payot • China (Complex) – Agora Publishing  •  China (simplified) – Guomai Culture & Media Co. Ltd  •  Arabic – Hindawi Foundation  •  Portugal – Clube do Autor • Vietnam – Nha Nam  •  Romania – Baroque Arts and Books • Turkey – Vakif Pazarlama • Korea – Manongji Books