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  • Murder of Prince Arthur in Chronicle of Margam Abb...

    Manuscript Created date: 1200-99

    The murder of King John’s nephew, Prince Arthur (1187–1203) had far-reaching consequences, since it led indirectly to th...

  • Part of a Babylonian Talmud

    Manuscript Created date: 1100–1299

    A codex of the Talmud, produced in the 12th or 13th century. What is the Talmud? The Talmud (meaning ‘learning’) is the...

  • Peraldus' Theological Miscellany

    Manuscript Created date: 1236–1250

    Produced in England around 1255-1265, this theological miscellany contains a collection of textual materials for a preac...

  • Plan of springs at Wormley in Hertfordshire

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    This plan, from the Harley manuscripts collection, shows a plan of the springs at Wormley, Hertfordshire, from which Wal...

  • Portrait of King John from Matthew Paris's Histori...

    Manuscript, Illustration Created date: 1200-99

    One of the most significant works by Matthew Paris (1200–59), author, illuminator and monk of St Albans Abbey, is the Hi...

  • Psalter with the Hours of the Virgin Mary

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

    The 20 full-page illuminations at the beginning of this Psalter form one of the most outstanding prefatory cycles to sur...

  • 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 Lays and Fables of Marie de France

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of the 13th century

    Marie de France is one of the most intriguing figures in medieval European literature. She is one of the first recorded...

  • The Owl and the Nightingale

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    The Owl and the Nightingale is one of the earliest substantial texts to be written in Middle English (the form that Engl...

  • 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...