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  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript

    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

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

  • Old English Orosius

    Manuscript

    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

    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...

  • Prudentius, Psychomachia

    Manuscript

    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

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

  • South English Legendary

    Manuscript

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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