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  • A Coloured bird's eye view of 'A Castle for the Do...

    Manuscript, Illustration

    Held in the Cotton Manuscripts collection, this coloured bird's eye view of “A Castle for the Downs” is most likely to b...

  • A coloured bird's eye view of a "Castle in the Dow...

    Manuscript, Illustration

    Held in the Cotton Manuscripts collection, this coloured bird's eye view of a “Castle in the Downs” dates from 1539. It ...

  • Accusations against Christopher Marlowe by Richard...

    Manuscript

    These notorious manuscripts appear to support the idea of Christopher Marlowe as the wild boy of Elizabethan literature....

  • Anthology of Greek lyric poetry

    Manuscript

    The 15th and 16th centuries saw an outburst of scholarly interest in Greek literature in western Europe. The arrival of...

  • Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae

    Manuscript

    The 3rd-century CE author Athenaeus is known today for his long work, the Deipnosophistae (‘Dinner Sophists’). This work...

  • Bust of Brutus by Michelangelo

    Object

    This is a plaster cast of a bust of Brutus by Michelangelo (1475–1564). The original was made after 1539 and is currentl...

  • Byzantine bookbinding

    Detached binding

    The original binding of Additional 28821, a volume containing Byzantine musical texts, is now kept separately, having de...

  • Calshot Castle

    Manuscript, Illustration

    Part of the Cotton Manuscripts collection, this drawing of a circular keep with curtain wall, embrasures for cannons as ...

  • Catena on the Octateuch

    Manuscript

    The catena, a biblical commentary that proceeds verse by verse, was a popular interpretative tool in the Byzantine world...

  • Conwy Castle

    Manuscript, Illustration

    Part of the Cotton Manuscript collection, this ink and tempura view depicts Conwy castle in North Wales. It likely dates...

  • Fragments from a Kalophonic Sticherarion

    Manuscript

    Ongoing developments in Greek music resulted in the appearance of the ‘kalophonic’ (beautiful-sounding) style of chant. ...

  • Greek bestiary

    Manuscript

    The Byzantine poet Manuel Philes (c. 1275–c. 1345) is best known now for his work De Animalium Proprietate (‘On the Natu...

  • Greek military and technical treatises

    Manuscript

    The treatises of Hero of Alexandria (mid-1st century CE) on pneumatics and automata were hugely popular in the Byzantine...

  • Hero’s Pneumatika

    Manuscript

    Although most of the manuscripts of the works of Hero of Alexandria (1st century CE) in the British Library contain both...

  • Illustrated Greek treatises on warfare

    Manuscript

    This remarkable manuscript, completed on 7 May 1545, contains a range of treatises on warfare and weaponry, including te...