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  • Aesop’s Fables printed by William Caxton, 1484

    Printed book

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Everyman, a morality play

    Printed book

    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...

  • 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

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

  • 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...