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  • Jean Froissart, Chronicles

    Manuscript

    Jean Froissart’s Chronicles are an important narrative source for the history of western Europe in the 14th century. Rel...

  • 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...

  • John Lydgate, Troy Book and The Siege of Thebes

    Manuscript

    The legends of Troy and Thebes were favoured reading among the European nobility from the twelfth century onwards. Troy...

  • John Rous, History of the Kings of England

    Manuscript

    John Rous (d. 1492), was a historian and chantry priest of Guy’s Cliffe in Warwickshire. In around 1480, he began work o...

  • Law synopsis of Michael Attaleiates

    Manuscript

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

  • Leonardo da Vinci's notebook

    Notebook

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, kept notes and drawings of his studies, idea...

  • Lycophron with commentary

    Manuscript

    Lycophron's Alexandra, with the commentary of Isaac Tzetzes

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

    Map

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

  • Medical miscellany

    Manuscript

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

  • Nahmanides' Commentary on the Pentateuch

    Manuscript

    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

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

  • Qisas al-anbiya

    Manuscript

    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

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

  • Rig Veda

    Manuscript

    The Rig Veda is the earliest of the four Vedas and one of the most important texts of the Hindu tradition. It is a large...

  • Rigveda

    Manuscript

    The Rig Veda is one of the oldest and most important texts in the śruti tradition of Hinduism. What is the Rig Veda? Th...