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  • The Owl and the Nightingale

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    The Owl and the Nightingale is one of the earliest substantial texts to be written in Middle English (the form that Engl...

  • The Parliament of Fowls

    Manuscript Created date: 1425–1475

    Ever wondered where the tradition of sending cards to your beloved on Valentine’s Day comes from? You might imagine that...

  • The story of Cædmon's Hymn

    Manuscript Created date: 775–825

    The earliest named English poet was a cowherd named Cædmon who lived at the Abbey of Whitby. We know about this man beca...

  • The York Plays

    Manuscript Created date: late 15th century

    The York Plays compirse one of the four complete surviving medieval play cycles sometimes known as ‘mystery cycles’. The...

  • Tiberius Bede

    Manuscript Created date: 1st half of the 9th century

    Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People was completed in 731. The work tells the story of the conversion of ...

  • Tremulous Hand

    Manuscript

    The ‘Tremulous Hand’ is the name given to a 13th-century annotator who made notes in manuscripts that were originally st...

  • Vercelli Book

    Manuscript Created date: Second half of the 10th century

    The Vercelli Book is one of the four most significant verse manuscripts to survive from the Anglo-Saxon period. These fo...

  • Wace's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript Created date: 1325–1350

    The Roman de Brut by Wace is the earliest surviving vernacular chronicle of British history written in Norman French. It...

  • Ælfric's Colloquy

    Manuscript Created date: 11th century – 1st half 12th century

    Ælfric’s Colloquy is a dialogue between a schoolteacher and his pupils. ‘Colloquy’ simply means ‘conversation’. Dating f...

  • Ælfric's Lives of the Saints

    Manuscript Created date: 1st third of the 11th century

    The collection of texts known as the Lives of the Saints was written by Ælfric of Eynsham (c. 950–c. 1010), between 990 ...