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  • Aldhelm's Riddles

    Manuscript Created date: Late 10th century – early 11th century

    Aldhelm’s Latin verse Enigmata or Riddles was widely read and studied in the Middle Ages, both in England and on the Con...

  • Asser's Life of King Alfred

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 16th century

    The Life of King Alfred by Bishop Asser is the earliest known source about an Anglo-Saxon king, a king often known today...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1000

    Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest....

  • Collection of homilies

    Manuscript Created date: Mid 9th century-12th century

    Most sermons (or homilies) in this collection are copies of earlier ones in Old English. But this one is different. It i...

  • 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...

  • Felix's Life of Guthlac

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of 10th century

    This manuscript is a copy of the Life of Guthlac by the East Anglian monk, Felix. Falling within the genre of hagiograph...

  • John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1457–1530

    Pilgrims travelled to holy places where saints’ relics were held as they believed that by touching the relics, usually b...

  • 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...

  • Lindisfarne Gospels

    Manuscript Created date: c. 700

    The Lindisfarne Gospels has long been acclaimed as the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England....

  • Marvels of the East

    Manuscript Created date: 4th quarter of the 10th century or 1st quarter of the 11th century

    Written in Old English, The Marvels of the East is part travel guide, part quasi-zoological description, based on the Li...

  • 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...

  • Narratio Metrica de Sancti Swithuno

    Manuscript Created date: 4th quarter of the 10th century

    The Narratio Metrica de Sancti Swithuno by Wulfstan of Winchester is the longest surviving Latin poem written in England...

  • Old English Orosius

    Manuscript Created date: Late 9th – early 10th century

    In 410 the Visigoths, a Germanic tribe led by King Alaric (r. 395–410), entered the city of Rome and spent three days pi...