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  • Account of King John’s reign in John Lydgate’s Ver...

    Manuscript, Artwork

    King John has frequently been characterised as a bad king, even in the Middle Ages. This poem on the kings of England, t...

  • Astrological-medical miscellany

    Manuscript

    A circular diagram, now known as ‘Microcosmic Man’ or ‘Zodiac man’, appears in this miscellany of astrological and medic...

  • Beaufort Book of Hours

    Illuminated manuscript, Manuscript

    This Book of Hours, inherited by Henry’s grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, contains a calendar of Church festivals an...

  • Carthusian miscellany

    Manuscript

    The religious order of monks and nuns known as the Carthusians were founded by St Bruno of Cologne (d. 1104) in 1084. Th...

  • Charles d'Orleans, Poetry

    Manuscript

    Charles d’Orleans (d. 1465), cousin of the French king, was captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and spent 25 yea...

  • Chronicle of ancient history

    Manuscript

    The history of Greece and Troy is given special emphasis in this chronicle that covers the period from Creation to the b...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript

    The Confessio Amantis by John Gower was written between 1386 and 1390. Gower was a contemporary and friend of Geoffrey C...

  • Duke of Sussex's Italian Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    This Pentateuch shows a rare example of the embellishing of initial letters in a Jewish manuscript – a practice commonly...

  • First book of Herodotus’ Histories

    Manuscript

    This manuscript contains the first book of Herodotus’ Histories. It is written on paper and dates from some time before ...

  • Flowers of Virtue and of Manners

    Manuscript

    The Flore de virtu e de costumi (‘Flowers of Virtue and of Manners’) is an Italian work on virtues and vices that was co...

  • Greek medical treatises

    Manuscript

    This manuscript is a typical example of a medical miscellany. It consists of a range of treatises on physiology and prog...

  • Guide to women's health

    Manuscript

    A 15th-century Middle English pamphlet has been bound into this manuscript, an alphabetised handbook of medical definiti...

  • John Lydgate, Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund

    Manuscript

    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

    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

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