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  • John Dee's spirit mirror

    Object Created date: 14th–16th century

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

  • Law synopsis of Michael Attaleiates

    Manuscript Created date: 15th century

    This 15th century manuscript contains a version of the synopsis of law (Ponema Nomikon) by the civil servant and scholar...

  • Lycophron with commentary

    Manuscript Created date: 1st half of the 15th century

    Lycophron's Alexandra, with the commentary of Isaac Tzetzes

  • Map of the Bay of Bengal from Ptolemy's Geography

    Map Created date: 15th century

    This map from the Harley manuscripts collection shows the Bay of Bengal from a manuscript of Ptolemy's Geography, has th...

  • Medical miscellany

    Manuscript Created date: 1st quarter of the 15th century

    Images like these, which show glasses of different coloured urine, would have been used by medieval doctors to help diag...

  • Miniatures of nuns and monks praying, c. 1430

    Manuscript, Painting, Illustration, Image Created date: c. 1405 - c. 1430

    These delicate paintings show nuns and monks praying in their stalls. They are part of a series of miniatures in an orna...

  • Nahmanides' Commentary on the Pentateuch

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1400–1499

    A 15th-century commentary on the Pentateuch by Nahmanides. Who was Nahmanides? Often referred to in Jewish sources as Ra...

  • Painting of Santiago the Moor-slayer

    Painting, Image Created date: 15th Century

    This 15th-century Spanish painting depicts the so-called ‘Santiago Matamoros’ or ‘Saint James the Moor-slayer’. As in ma...

  • Qisas al-anbiya

    Manuscript Created date: 15th century

    The Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyā belongs to a common genre of Islamic literature that relates the stories of various prophets in the...

  • Renaissance volume of Greek oratory

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of the 15th century

    The 15th century saw the migration of many Greek scribes and scholars to Italy. Among them was Ioannes Rhosos, a Cretan...

  • Sefer Torah Or 1462

    Manuscript, Scroll Created date: 15th century CE

    The Torah Scroll is the holiest and most valued object in Judaism. It is the physical expression of the Jewish people’s ...

  • The Forme of Cury

    Manuscript Created date: 1420s

    The Forme of Cury is the oldest known instructive cookery book written in the English language (the Middle English word ...

  • The Gough map

    Map, Parchment, Watercolour, Pen and ink Created date: 1370s-late 15th century

    The Gough Map of the British Isles, acquired by Richard Gough in 1774 from the collections of the antiquarian Thomas Ma...

  • The Life and songs of a famous Tibetan Yogi

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1350–1450

    Illustrated manuscript of the Life and songs of the Yogi Milarepa.  Who was Milarepa? Milarepa (1040–1123) was one of th...

  • The Parliament of Fowls

    Manuscript Created date: 1425–1475

    Ever wondered where the tradition of sending cards to your beloved on Valentine’s Day comes from? You might imagine that...