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  • Bannatyne Manuscript

    Manuscript

    The ‘Bannatyne Manuscript’ is one of the most important manuscripts in the history of medieval Scottish literature. It c...

  • 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...

  • Collection of medieval chronicles

    Manuscript

    Ralph de Diceto, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral from c. 1180 to c. 1199, wrote two historical chronicles, the Abbreviated C...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript

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

  • Early printed extracts of Margery Kempe's Book

    Printed Book

    A shorte treatyse of contemplacyon, by Margery Kempe In September 1934 an extraordinary discovery was made. While looki...

  • English copy of William of Malmesbury’s Deeds of t...

    Manuscript

    William of Malmesbury’s (b. c. 1095, d. c. 1143) Deeds of the Kings of the English focuses on political events and ruler...

  • First printed edition of The Canterbury Tales by G...

    Printed Book

    The Canterbury Tales is a poetical work of 24 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the years 1387 to...

  • John Lydgate’s The Lives of Saints Edmund and Frem...

    Manuscript

    In 1433–34, the 12-year-old King Henry VI spent Christmas until Easter at the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. To ce...

  • Laws of the Londoners

    Manuscript

    By the end of the 12th century, French was commonly used as an administrative and legal language in England alongside La...

  • Laȝamon's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript

    Laȝamon’s Brut is a translation and reworking of an earlier text, Roman de Brut, written by Wace in around 1155. The Rom...

  • Le Morte Darthur

    Manuscript

    This sole surviving manuscript copy of Thomas Malory’s version of the legends of King Arthur and his Knights was made wi...

  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript

    This manuscript contains a copy of the Physiologus, a collection of stories about animals and plants. It is the basis fo...

  • Pearl

    Manuscript

    The anonymous poem Pearl, is one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. It was composed in the West Midlands ...

  • Piers Plowman

    Manuscript

    Piers Plowman is a late 14th-century dream-vision. The poem is a sequence of 22 dream-visions, called ‘passus’, which me...

  • Sherborne Missal

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    With 347 illuminated pages each measuring approximately 535 x 380mm, the Sherborne Missal is probably the largest and mo...