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  • Aldhelm's Riddles

    Manuscript

    Aldhelm’s Latin verse Enigmata or Riddles was widely read and studied in the Middle Ages, both in England and on the Con...

  • Bannatyne Manuscript

    Manuscript

    The ‘Bannatyne Manuscript’ is one of the most important manuscripts in the history of medieval Scottish literature. It c...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript

    Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest....

  • Bestiary, with extracts from Gerald of Wales

    Manuscript

    A bestiary contains Christian allegorical lessons based on the characteristics and habits of animals found in nature and...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript

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

  • Exeter Book

    Manuscript

    The Exeter Book, which belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral, is one of the four most significant verse ma...

  • Felix's Life of Guthlac

    Manuscript

    This manuscript is a copy of the Life of Guthlac by the East Anglian monk, Felix. Falling within the genre of hagiograph...

  • Holkham Bible Picture Book

    Manuscript

    Nothing else is quite like the Holkham Bible Picture Book. Produced in London during the early 14th century; it contains...

  • Junius Manuscript

    Manuscript

    The Junius Manuscript is one of the four most significant manuscripts of Old English verse, which contain the vast major...

  • Laȝamon's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript

    Laȝamon’s Brut is a translation and reworking of an earlier text, Roman de Brut, written by Wace in around 1155. The Rom...

  • Le Morte Darthur

    Manuscript

    This sole surviving manuscript copy of Thomas Malory’s version of the legends of King Arthur and his Knights was made wi...

  • Pearl

    Manuscript

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

  • Piers Plowman

    Manuscript

    Piers Plowman is a late 14th-century dream-vision. The poem is a sequence of 22 dream-visions, called ‘passus’, which me...

  • Roman de la Rose

    Manuscript

    This allegorical poem of chivalric love is illustrated with 92 brilliant miniatures, of which four are half-page paintin...

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Manuscript

    The anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. I...