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  • Bannatyne Manuscript

    Manuscript Created date: 1568

    The ‘Bannatyne Manuscript’ is one of the most important manuscripts in the history of medieval Scottish literature. It c...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript Created date: 1425–1475

    The Confessio Amantis by John Gower was written between 1386 and 1390. Gower was a contemporary and friend of Geoffrey C...

  • John Lydgate’s The Lives of Saints Edmund and Frem...

    Manuscript Created date: 1434–1439

    In 1433–34, the 12-year-old King Henry VI spent Christmas until Easter at the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. To ce...

  • Laȝamon's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    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 Created date: c. 1471–83

    This sole surviving manuscript copy of Thomas Malory’s version of the legends of King Arthur and his Knights was made wi...

  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript Created date: 1275–1300

    This manuscript contains a copy of the Physiologus, a collection of stories about animals and plants. It is the basis fo...

  • Pearl

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1400

    The anonymous poem Pearl, is one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. It was composed in the West Midlands ...

  • Piers Plowman

    Manuscript Created date: late 14th century

    Piers Plowman is a late 14th-century dream-vision. The poem is a sequence of 22 dream-visions, called ‘passus’, which me...

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1400

    The anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. I...

  • South English Legendary

    Manuscript Created date: 1st half of the 15th century

    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 Created date: Late 14th century

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

  • The Ellesmere Manuscript (The Canterbury Tales)

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1400–1410

    The Ellesmere Manuscript is one of the most famous manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. It is one of ...

  • The Harley Lyrics

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1340

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

  • The Legend of Good Women

    Manuscript, Printed book Created date: 1450–1500

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

  • The N-town Plays

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 15th century–1st quarter of the 16th century

    What is a mystery cycle? The N-town Plays are one of the four complete surviving English medieval mystery cycles – colle...