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  • Beowulf

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1000

    Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest....

  • Bestiary, with extracts from Gerald of Wales

    Manuscript Created date: Late 12th-century–early 13th century

    A bestiary contains Christian allegorical lessons based on the characteristics and habits of animals found in nature and...

  • Book of French translation

    Printed book

    This English-French phrase book gives us a glimpse of everyday English expressions of the 15th century. It was probably...

  • Collection of homilies

    Manuscript Created date: Mid 9th century-12th century

    Most sermons (or homilies) in this collection are copies of earlier ones in Old English. But this one is different. It i...

  • 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...

  • Exeter Book

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 10th century

    The Exeter Book, which belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral, is one of the four most significant verse ma...

  • Felix's Life of Guthlac

    Manuscript Created date: 3rd quarter of 10th century

    This manuscript is a copy of the Life of Guthlac by the East Anglian monk, Felix. Falling within the genre of hagiograph...

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

    Printed book Created date: 1476–77

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

  • Guthlac Roll

    Vellum roll Created date: 1175-1215

    This manuscript is known as the Guthlac Roll. It is a long, thin strip of parchment which contains 18 ink ‘roundels’ – c...

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

    Manuscript Created date: 1434–1439

    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...

  • Junius Manuscript

    Manuscript Created date: The manuscript was made in two segments – one part was made c.1000 and the other in the 1st half of the 11th century

    The Junius Manuscript is one of the four most significant manuscripts of Old English verse, which contain the vast major...

  • Laȝamon's Roman de Brut

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    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 Created date: c. 1471–83

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

  • Lindisfarne Gospels

    Manuscript Created date: c. 700

    The Lindisfarne Gospels has long been acclaimed as the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England....

  • Marvels of the East

    Manuscript Created date: 4th quarter of the 10th century or 1st quarter of the 11th century

    Written in Old English, The Marvels of the East is part travel guide, part quasi-zoological description, based on the Li...