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  • Reliquary depicting St Thomas Becket’s martyrdom

    Object Created date: 1200-99

    Thomas Becket was canonised in February 1173, less than three years after his death. The Church was shocked by Becket’s ...

  • Rochester Bestiary

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1230

    Bestiaries, or ‘Books of beasts’, provide an account of the characteristics and habits of a variety of animals, both rea...

  • Spanish Qur’an from the 13th century

    Manuscript Created date: 13th century

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

  • Sticherarion

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 13th century

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

  • Tally sticks

    Object Created date: 1200-99

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

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

    Manuscript, Illustration Created date: 1200-99

    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 Created date: 1200-99

    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 Created date: 1200-99

    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 Created date: 1200-99

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