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  • 15th-century Wycliffite Bible

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript Created date: Early 15th century

    A manuscript containing the Later Version of the Middle English translation of the Bible produced by followers of the re...

  • Abraham ibn Ezra's commentary on the Pentateuch

    Manuscript Created date: 15th century

    Abraham Ibn Ezra’s commentary to the Torah (‘Five Books of Moses’ or ‘Pentateuch’). Abraham Ibn Ezra and his biblical co...

  • Account of King John’s reign in John Lydgate’s Ver...

    Manuscript, Artwork Created date: 1450-99

    King John has frequently been characterised as a bad king, even in the Middle Ages. This poem on the kings of England, t...

  • An anonymous map of Italy

    Map Created date: 15th century

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

  • Arma Christi prayer roll

    Manuscript, Scroll, Vellum roll Created date: 2nd quarter of the fifteenth century

    One of ten surviving late-medieval rolls containing the Middle English prayer-poem ‘O Vernicle’. The prayer-poem ‘O V...

  • Astrological-medical miscellany

    Manuscript Created date: 1st quarter of the 15th century

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

  • Carthusian miscellany

    Manuscript Created date: 1460–1500

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

  • Charles d'Orleans, Poetry

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1450–99

    Charles d’Orleans (d. 1465), cousin of the French king, was captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and spent 25 yea...

  • Chart of the Aegean from the Cornaro atlas

    Map Created date: 15th century

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

  • Chart of the central Mediterranean by Giacomo Giro...

    Map Created date: mid-15th century

    This portion of a mid-15th-century chart by the Venetian Giacomo Giroldi shows the Adriatic with parts of Italy. South i...

  • Chronicle of ancient history

    Manuscript Created date: 1450-1475

    The history of Greece and Troy is given special emphasis in this chronicle that covers the period from Creation to the b...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript Created date: 1425–1475

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

  • Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1450

    The Divine Comedy begins with the meeting between Dante and Virgil, the ancient Roman poet, in a dark wood, represented...

  • Dante’s 'Paradiso'

    Parchment, Bodycolour Created date: 1444-50

    Illustration by Giovanni de Paolo showing Dante ascending into heaven, guided by Beatrice.

  • Duke of Sussex's Italian Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript Created date: c. 1441–1467

    A 15th-century Pentateuch featuring illuminated letters, which are rare in Hebrew manuscripts. What is the Pentateuch? ...