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  • Black-Fryers

    Book, Illustration, Image

    This is the title page for Richard Hord's Black-Fryers (1625) depicting the collapse of part of the former monastery com...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Broadside ballad on the Master Constable

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This humorous 17th-century broadside ballad portrays the Master Constable as a self-important busy-body. He is exposed a...

  • Elizabeth I’s 1559 speech on her marriage, in Anna...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This book is the first English translation of historian William Camden’s account of the reign of Elizabeth I, which was ...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Scold's bridle

    Object

    This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...

  • Strachey's 'A true reportory of the wreck' in Berm...

    Book, Folio

    Purchas his Pilgrimes (1625) is a vast four-volume collection of travel narratives compiled by the cleric, Samuel Purcha...

  • Works by John Donne and Ben Jonson in the Newcastl...

    Manuscript, Drawing, Illustration, Image

    This handwritten volume, known as the Newcastle Manuscript, is an anthology of verse and prose made for Sir William Cave...