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  • '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 ancestry of King John

    Manuscript Created date: c.1300-07

    The 14th century saw a rise in the popularity of manuscripts containing diagrams that traced the ancestry of the English...

  • The burial of King John, from a collection of Roma...

    Manuscript, Illustration Created date: 1300-99

    King John’s body was taken to Worcester Cathedral for burial, in accordance with his wishes. This later medieval image s...

  • The Duke of Sussex's German Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript Created date: 1300–1324

    This page of the Duke of Sussex's German Pentateuch shows the kind of marginal decoration often painted in Hebrew mediev...

  • The French conquest of Normandy in Grandes Chroniq...

    Manuscript, Illustration Created date: 1300-99

    When John succeeded to the throne of England in 1199, he also came into possession of his family’s ancestral territories...

  • 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...

  • Zonaras and Akropolites, Histories

    Manuscript Created date: 14th century

    This manuscript preserves works by two major Byzantine historians. Ioannes Zonaras (12th century) wrote a chronicle, the...