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  • Illustrated book of the wonders of nature

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This collection of weird and wonderful tales of monsters, mythical creatures and natural oddities is drawn from classica...

  • Iron chastity belt, possibly 16th century

    Object

    This bizarre contraption is an iron chastity belt, fastened at the side with a padlock. It was supposedly used to safegu...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Proclamation against Excess of Apparel by Queen El...

    Broadsheets, Ephemera, Book

    Sumptuary laws and ‘excesse of apparel’ This Royal Proclamation is dated 15 June 1574 and is on the subject of ‘excesse ...

  • Scold's bridle

    Object

    This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...

  • The Geneva Bible, 1570

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Map, Illustration, Image

    This highly significant little book, known as the Geneva Bible, is an English translation of the Old and New Testaments...