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

    Manuscript, Artwork Created date: 1450-99

    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 Created date: 1st quarter of the 15th century

    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 Created date: 1401–c.1500

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

  • Carthusian miscellany

    Manuscript Created date: 1460–1500

    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 Created date: c. 1450–99

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

  • First book of Herodotus’ Histories

    Manuscript Created date: Before 1449

    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 Created date: c.1450–1500

    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 Created date: 2nd half of the 15th century

    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 Created date: 15th century

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

  • Guild-book of the barber-surgeons of York

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1475–99

    In the Middle Ages, barbers were not only responsible for cutting hair, but also for surgeries such as tooth-extractions...

  • 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...

  • Jean Froissart, Chronicles

    Manuscript Created date: 4th quarter of the 15th century

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

  • 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...