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  • Jean de Wavrin, Recueil des chroniques d'Angleterr...

    Manuscript Created date: c.1470–80

    Jean de Wavrin (d. c. 1474) compiled a set of chronicles encompassing the entire history of England from its legendary f...

  • 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...

  • John Lydgate, Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1461–75

    This miniature from The Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund details the moment a child is knocked off London Bridge by p...

  • John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1457–1530

    Pilgrims travelled to holy places where saints’ relics were held as they believed that by touching the relics, usually b...

  • 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...

  • Le Morte Darthur

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1471–83

    This sole surviving manuscript copy of Thomas Malory’s version of the legends of King Arthur and his Knights was made wi...

  • 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 King Edward II, Hugh Despenser and Q...

    Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1471–1483

    These miniature illustrations show two defining moments from the start and end of King Edward II’s turbulent reign (1307...

  • 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...

  • Portolan chart by Grazioso Benincasa

    Map Created date: 1473

    Grazioso Benincasa produced an atlas of portolan charts in Venice in 1473. These charts show two navigational maps of th...

  • 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...