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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prudentius, Psychomachia

    Manuscript Created date: Late 10th century

    Prudentius’s Psychomachia, which means ‘Battle of the Soul’, is the first fully allegorical work in the European literar...

  • 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 Lays and Fables of Marie de France

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of the 13th century

    Marie de France is one of the most intriguing figures in medieval European literature. She is one of the first recorded...

  • 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 Morall Fabillis

    Manuscript Created date: 1571

    This manuscript contains a copy of the The Morall Fabillis by Robert Henryson, a Scottish poet who died in around 1490. ...

  • 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...