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  • Guthlac Roll

    Vellum roll Created date: 1175-1215

    This manuscript is known as the Guthlac Roll. It is a long, thin strip of parchment which contains 18 ink ‘roundels’ – c...

  • Hebrew Charters describing Jews in Medieval Englan...

    Manuscript, Charter Created date: 1221 - 80

    Jews occupied a precarious position in medieval English society. They performed an invaluable service as moneylenders, a...

  • Illuminated Gospels from Thessaloniki

    Manuscript Created date: 1291–1292

    This manuscript, made in 1291 or 1292 in Thessaloniki, is an important example of Byzantine illumination from mainland G...

  • Images of the life of Christ

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of the 12th century

    The book of Psalms was at the heart of medieval spirituality. From a relatively early date, very grand copies included a...

  • King John's thumb-bone, hose, shoe and shroud

    Object Created date: 1200-99

    When King John’s tomb was opened in 1797, its contents were described in meticulous detail, and a small number of items ...

  • Kitab al-Sunnah

    Manuscript Created date: 1200–1299

    This 13th-century manuscript is an extensive work containing the opinions and teachings of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, compil...

  • Laurent d'Orléans, La Somme le Roi

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1295

    La Somme le Roi (A Survey for a King) was written for the children of Philip III of France (r. 1270 –1285) by their tuto...

  • Laws of the Londoners

    Manuscript Created date: 1st quarter of the 13th century

    By the end of the 12th century, French was commonly used as an administrative and legal language in England alongside La...

  • Laȝamon's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    Laȝamon’s Brut is a translation and reworking of an earlier text, Roman de Brut, written by Wace in around 1155. The Rom...

  • Magna Carta translated into Anglo-Norman French

    Manuscript Created date: 1200-99

    To make Magna Carta readily intelligible to the barons, it was translated into French, their spoken language. One transl...

  • Mahzor Vitry

    Manuscript Created date: 1242–1299 CE

    Jews have used prayer books in the synagogue communal services since early medieval times. One of the most significant l...

  • Map of Britain by Matthew Paris, Royal MS 14 C. VI...

    Map Created date: mid-13th century

    This map 13th century map by Matthew Paris from the Royal manuscripts collection, is one of four early maps of Britain c...

  • Map Psalter

    Manuscript Created date: 1262–1300

    The Map Psalter takes its name from its full-page illustration of a map of the world (on f. 9r), whose design shares clo...

  • Matthew Paris's map of Britain

    Map, Manuscript Created date: 1200-99

    The maps drawn by Matthew Paris (1200–59) offer a unique impression of mid-13th-century Britain. Paris, who did not trav...

  • Mitre, buskins, slippers, stole and crozier of Arc...

    Object Created date: 1200-99

    Hubert Walter occupied a special place in the early years of John’s reign, since he served both as the king’s first Arch...