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  • English copy of William of Malmesbury’s Deeds of t...

    Manuscript Created date: 1st half of the 13th century–c. 1291

    William of Malmesbury’s (b. c. 1095, d. c. 1143) Deeds of the Kings of the English focuses on political events and ruler...

  • 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...

  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript Created date: 1275–1300

    This manuscript contains a copy of the Physiologus, a collection of stories about animals and plants. It is the basis fo...

  • 'Sumer is icumen in'

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

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