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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • First book of Herodotus’ Histories

    Manuscript Created date: Before 1449

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

  • Flowers of Virtue and of Manners

    Manuscript Created date: c.1450–1500

    The Flore de virtu e de costumi (‘Flowers of Virtue and of Manners’) is an Italian work on virtues and vices that was co...

  • Great Bible

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

    With pages measuring over half a metre (two feet) tall, this volume is the largest manuscript Bible within the British L...

  • Greek medical treatises

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 15th century

    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 Created date: 15th century

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

  • Guild-book of the barber-surgeons of York

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1475–99

    In the Middle Ages, barbers were not only responsible for cutting hair, but also for surgeries such as tooth-extractions...

  • Japheth ben Ali ha-Levi's Commentary on Joshua

    Manuscript Created date: 1400–1499

    A 15th-century copy of the commentary on Joshua by the famed Karaite biblical commentator – Japheth ben Ali ha-Levi (liv...

  • Jean de Wavrin, Recueil des chroniques d'Angleterr...

    Manuscript Created date: c.1470–80

    Jean de Wavrin (d. c. 1474) compiled a set of chronicles encompassing the entire history of England from its legendary f...