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  • 14th-century Greek New Testament

    Manuscript

    Most Greek manuscripts of the Bible tend only to include a small sub-section of biblical books, for instance, the four G...

  • Alphonso Psalter

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Parchment Codex

    This manuscript was begun for Prince Alphonso (b. 1273, d. 1284), son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, who was betrot...

  • Ascetical works by Matthew of Ephesos

    Manuscript

    Matthew of Ephesus (also known as Manuel Gabalas) was a cleric and scholar in the turbulent world of 14th-century Byzant...

  • Aviary and bestiary

    Manuscript

    An illustrated aviary (or text about birds) appears in this manuscript, which was made in Northern France during the 13t...

  • Babylonian Talmud

    Manuscript

    This is an exceptionally rare item: a treasured medieval Jewish text, known as the Talmud, that somehow escaped the publ...

  • Bible of William of Devon

    Manuscript

    Made in England around the middle of the 13th century, this grand illustrated manuscript includes the entire Bible in on...

  • Constantine Manasses, Chronicle

    Manuscript

    While most works of history in the Byzantine world were composed in prose, Constantine Manasses (c. 1130-c. 1187) wrote...

  • Dawes Illuminated Gospel-book

    Manuscript

    Created in the early 14th century, probably on Cyprus, this manuscript of the Gospels contains illuminations of the four...

  • Decretals of Pope Boniface VIII

    Manuscript

    As the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope led one of the most powerful institutions of the Middle Ages, making laws t...

  • Double-edged sword

    Object

    This sword is typical of those that would have been wielded by European knights in the 13th century. Weighing 1.2 kg (2 ...

  • Genealogical chronicle of the English Kings

    Manuscript

    Chronicles of English history were presented both in codex (book) and roll form. The rolls were ideally suited to the pr...

  • Hippocrates, Prognosticon

    Manuscript

    Ars Medicinae (Art of Medicine) is a compilation of medical texts of Greek and Arabic origin. Since the early 12th centu...

  • Illustrated volume of Dante's Divine Comedy

    Manuscript

    The Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest works ever written in Italian. It describes a journey undertaken by...

  • Islamic map of the western Mediterranean

    Map

    This page from a Persian copy of a 10th-century atlas in the British Library's India Office collections is typical of Is...

  • John Dee's spirit mirror

    Object

    This black spirit mirror and other magical objects are thought to have been owned by John Dee (1527–1608/9), the Elizabe...