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  • 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...

  • '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...

  • The Hispano-Moresque Haggadah

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript Created date: 1275–1324

    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 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...

  • The Unknown Charter

    Manuscript, Charter Created date: 1200-99

    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 Created date: 1200-99

    One of the earliest accounts of the settlement reached at Runnymede is found in the Chronicle of Melrose Abbey. Melrose...