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  • Ancrene Wisse

    Manuscript

    In the early 13th century, three sisters decided to each have themselves walled up inside a cell. They chose to live alo...

  • Anonymous letter to City of London Police about Ja...

    Manuscript, Letter, Ephemera

    In autumn 1888, five women in east London slums died at the hands of an unknown man. The murderer became known as ‘Jack ...

  • Buddhist texts and Ten Birth Tales

    Paper folding book, Manuscript

    The image shows a scene with horses and deer from Buddha’s last birth tale, Vessantara Jātaka, showing Prince Vessantara...

  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript

    This manuscript contains a copy of the Physiologus, a collection of stories about animals and plants. It is the basis fo...

  • Pearl

    Manuscript

    The anonymous poem Pearl, is one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. It was composed in the West Midlands ...

  • Thai elephant treatise

    Paper folding book, Manuscript

    The image shows an illustration of mythical elephants playing in the heavenly Himavanta forest. The golden elephant repr...

  • The Harley Lyrics

    Manuscript

    What’s in this manuscript? This manuscript – Harley MS 2253 – contains a collection of 100 secular and religious lyrics ...

  • The N-town Plays

    Manuscript

    What is a mystery cycle? The N-town Plays are one of the four complete surviving English medieval mystery cycles – colle...

  • The Owl and the Nightingale

    Manuscript

    The Owl and the Nightingale is one of the earliest substantial texts to be written in Middle English (the form that Engl...

  • The York Plays

    Manuscript

    The York Plays compirse one of the four complete surviving medieval play cycles sometimes known as ‘mystery cycles’. The...

  • Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge

    Manuscript

    This manuscript contains the earliest work of theatre criticism in English. The Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge is a tract...