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This manuscript is known as the Guthlac Roll. It is a long, thin strip of parchment which contains 18 ink ‘roundels’ – c...
Jews occupied a precarious position in medieval English society. They performed an invaluable service as moneylenders, a...
This manuscript, made in 1291 or 1292 in Thessaloniki, is an important example of Byzantine illumination from mainland G...
The book of Psalms was at the heart of medieval spirituality. From a relatively early date, very grand copies included a...
When King John’s tomb was opened in 1797, its contents were described in meticulous detail, and a small number of items ...
This 13th-century manuscript is an extensive work containing the opinions and teachings of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, compil...
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...
By the end of the 12th century, French was commonly used as an administrative and legal language in England alongside La...
Laȝamon’s Brut is a translation and reworking of an earlier text, Roman de Brut, written by Wace in around 1155. The Rom...
To make Magna Carta readily intelligible to the barons, it was translated into French, their spoken language. One transl...
Jews have used prayer books in the synagogue communal services since early medieval times. One of the most significant l...
This map 13th century map by Matthew Paris from the Royal manuscripts collection, is one of four early maps of Britain c...
The maps drawn by Matthew Paris (1200–59) offer a unique impression of mid-13th-century Britain. Paris, who did not trav...
Hubert Walter occupied a special place in the early years of John’s reign, since he served both as the king’s first Arch...
The murder of King John’s nephew, Prince Arthur (1187–1203) had far-reaching consequences, since it led indirectly to th...