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  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

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

  • 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...

  • View of London in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a contemporary image of the London in which Shakespeare lived and worked for much of his life. As we can see, it...

  • View of Messina in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Messina (or ‘Messana’) shows a large port city at the north-eastern ...

  • View of Venice in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Venice – the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Mercha...

  • View of Verona in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This image shows a bird’s-eye view of the city of Verona, in what is now Northern Italy. It illustrates some of the hist...

  • View of Vienna in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Illustration, Engraving, Image

    This is a hand-coloured view of 16th-century Vienna – the setting for Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The view is pa...

  • Works by John Donne and Ben Jonson in the Newcastl...

    Manuscript, Drawing, Illustration, Image

    This handwritten volume, known as the Newcastle Manuscript, is an anthology of verse and prose made for Sir William Cave...