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This is a 700-year-old traveller’s guidebook: a practical manual for pilgrims walking St James’s Way to Santiago de Comp...
This manuscript extract provides a first-hand account of the Black Death, a devastating plague that reduced the populati...
Besides the Five Books of Moses, this 14th-century CE manuscript includes the standard Aramaic translation – Targum Onke...
Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Illumination
The haggadah is the service book used in Jewish households on Passover Eve to celebrate the Israelites' deliverance from...
This sword is typical of those that would have been wielded by European knights in the 13th century. Weighing 1.2 kg (2 ...
While the first three of these nine illustrations are concerned with the announcement and the birth of Christ, the remai...
This illustration of an apothecary shop helps us to understand what different buildings and trades existed in medieval t...
The Pope, as the head of the Catholic Church, led the single most powerful institution of the Middle Ages. He was assist...
This page from a Persian copy of a 10th-century atlas in the India Office collections is typical of Islamic mapping. The...
This black spirit mirror and other magical objects are thought to have been owned by John Dee (1527–1608/9), the Elizabe...
Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Codex
Guide for the Perplexed is a philosophical work by Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides (1135–1204). He was born in Cor...
The plan of Jerusalem (left) shows the biblical city rather than the medieval one. The homes (‘domus’) of King Solomon, ...
This marginal image within a Book of Hours, a devotional text, depicts a friar and a nun misbehaving as they entertain t...
Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is known for providing the most iconic and powerful portrayal of the medieval concept of...
The earliest surviving glossed Bibles from Ashkenaz (Franco-German lands) date from the 13th century CE. They show an or...