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  • Aesop’s Fables printed by William Caxton, 1484

    Book, Folio, Woodcut, Image

    This book contains a life of Aesop and his numerous fables, translated and printed by William Caxton in 1484 and illustr...

  • 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...

  • Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis

    Printed Book

    David Lindsay’s play Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis is a work of searing social satire, which is arguably the best exa...

  • 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...

  • Early printed extracts of Margery Kempe's Book

    Printed Book

    A shorte treatyse of contemplacyon, by Margery Kempe In September 1934 an extraordinary discovery was made. While looki...

  • Everyman, a morality play

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This is a rare copy of a famous morality play called The somonynge of every man, first written in the late medieval pe...

  • 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...

  • Franks Casket

    Object

    This lidded Anglo-Saxon casket is made of whale bone; it is carved on the sides and top in relief with scenes from Roman...

  • Fresco depicting a Danse Macabre

    Image, Photograph, Fresco

    A detail from a fresco (wall painting) depicting a Danse Macabre, found inside a church in France (Kernascleden, Brittan...

  • Guthlac Roll

    Vellum roll

    This manuscript is known as the Guthlac Roll. It is a long, thin strip of parchment which contains 18 ink ‘roundels’ – c...

  • Holkham Bible Picture Book

    Manuscript

    In one of the first images in the Holkham Bible Picture Book we find an image of the Fall, the series of events (describ...

  • Junius Manuscript

    Manuscript

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