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  • Spanish Qur’an from the 13th century

    Manuscript

    Islam was the prevalent in Spain from 711 until the Christian reconquest in 1492, yet few Islamic manuscripts survived. ...

  • Sticherarion

    Manuscript

    The Sticherarion is a manuscript used in Greek church services. It contains liturgical texts accompanied by musical nota...

  • Tally sticks

    Object

    Tally sticks were used by officials of the Exchequer as physical proof of payments to the king, functioning in the same...

  • The Forest Charter of 1225

    Manuscript, Seal, Charter

    In 1217, King Henry III (r. 1216–72) issued a new version of Magna Carta, together with a new charter dealing with the r...

  • The poisoning of King John and coronation of King...

    Manuscript, Illustration

    King John was taken ill in October 1216, having suffered an attack of dysentery, and he died at Newark, Nottinghamshire,...

  • The siege of Lincoln Castle and battle of Sandwich

    Manuscript

    At the time of King John’s death, England had descended into civil war. Following the papal annulment of Magna Carta, th...

  • The Unknown Charter

    Manuscript, Charter

    Throughout the winter of 1214–15, means were sought to restrain the king and to preserve the peace. At some point, perha...

  • Verse account of Magna Carta in the Chronicle of M...

    Manuscript

    One of the earliest accounts of the settlement reached at Runnymede is found in the Chronicle of Melrose Abbey. Melrose...

  • Winchester Psalter

    Manuscript

    The calendar in this elaborate copy of the Book of Psalms suggests that it was made at Winchester’s Old Minster during t...