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  • 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...

  • Lindisfarne Gospels

    Manuscript

    The Lindisfarne Gospels has long been acclaimed as the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England....

  • Marvels of the East

    Manuscript

    Written in Old English, The Marvels of the East is part travel guide, part quasi-zoological description, based on the Li...

  • 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...

  • Narratio Metrica de Sancti Swithuno

    Manuscript

    The Narratio Metrica de Sancti Swithuno by Wulfstan of Winchester is the longest surviving Latin poem written in England...

  • Old English Orosius

    Manuscript

    In 410 the Visigoths, a Germanic tribe led by King Alaric (r. 395–410), entered the city of Rome and spent three days pi...

  • 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...

  • Prudentius, Psychomachia

    Manuscript

    Prudentius’s Psychomachia, which means ‘Battle of the Soul’, is the first fully allegorical work in the European literar...

  • South English Legendary

    Manuscript

    The Life of Guthlac from the South English Legendary The South English Legendary is a collection of saints’ lives in rhy...

  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

    Manuscript

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1345–1400) was enormously popular in medieval England, with over 90 copies ...

  • The Harley Lyrics

    Manuscript

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

  • The Kelmscott Chaucer

    Printed book

    William Morris, the 19th-century designer, social reformer and writer, founded the Kelmscott Press towards the end of hi...

  • The Lays and Fables of Marie de France

    Manuscript

    Marie de France is one of the most intriguing figures in medieval European literature. She is one of the first recorded...

  • The Legend of Good Women

    Manuscript, Printed book

    The Legend of Good Women is one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s longer poems (the third longest, in fact). He wrote it after he wr...