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  • Rochester Bestiary

    Manuscript

    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

    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...

  • 'Sumer is icumen in'

    Manuscript

    'Sumer Is Icumen In', a musical composition for several voices, was probably composed at Reading Abbey around the middle...

  • The Hispano-Moresque Haggadah

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript

    The haggadah is the service book used in Jewish households on Passover Eve to celebrate the Israelites' deliverance from...

  • The Owl and the Nightingale

    Manuscript

    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

    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...