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  • An anonymous map of Italy

    Map

    In the 15th century several maps were drawn of the whole of Italy, by then the most map-conscious part of Europe. The ou...

  • Astrological-medical miscellany

    Manuscript

    A circular diagram, now known as ‘Microcosmic Man’ or ‘Zodiac man’, appears in this miscellany of astrological and medic...

  • Beaufort Book of Hours

    Illuminated manuscript, Manuscript

    This Book of Hours, inherited by Henry’s grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, contains a calendar of Church festivals an...

  • Bedford Hours

    Manuscript

    On Christmas Eve 1430 Anne of Burgundy (d. 1432), the wife of John, Duke of Bedford (d. 1435), presented this lavish bil...

  • Carthusian miscellany

    Manuscript

    The religious order of monks and nuns known as the Carthusians were founded by St Bruno of Cologne (d. 1104) in 1084. Th...

  • Chart of the Aegean from the Cornaro atlas

    Map

    An atlas made for the Cornaro family of Venice at the end of the 15th century contains 35 portolan charts by various Ven...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript

    The Confessio Amantis by John Gower was written between 1386 and 1390. Gower was a contemporary and friend of Geoffrey C...

  • First book of Herodotus’ Histories

    Manuscript

    This manuscript contains the first book of Herodotus’ Histories. It is written on paper and dates from some time before ...

  • Greek medical treatises

    Manuscript

    This manuscript is a typical example of a medical miscellany. It consists of a range of treatises on physiology and prog...

  • Guide to women's health

    Manuscript

    A 15th-century Middle English pamphlet has been bound into this manuscript, an alphabetised handbook of medical definiti...

  • John Dee's spirit mirror

    Object

    This black spirit mirror and other magical objects are thought to have been owned by John Dee (1527–1608/9), the Elizabe...

  • Law synopsis of Michael Attaleiates

    Manuscript

    This 15th century manuscript contains a version of the synopsis of law (Ponema Nomikon) by the civil servant and scholar...

  • Lycophron with commentary

    Manuscript

    Lycophron's Alexandra, with the commentary of Isaac Tzetzes

  • Map of the Bay of Bengal from Ptolemy's Geography

    Map

    This map from the Harley manuscripts collection shows the Bay of Bengal from a manuscript of Ptolemy's Geography, has th...

  • Medical miscellany

    Manuscript

    Images like these, which show glasses of different coloured urine, would have been used by medieval doctors to help diag...