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  • Aesop’s Fables printed by William Caxton, 1484

    Printed Book

    This book contains a life of Aesop and his numerous fables, translated and printed by William Caxton in 1484 and illustr...

  • 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

    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

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

  • Dream theory: illuminated manuscript of Macrobius’...

    Manuscript, Image

    This illumination is from a 15th-century Italian manuscript of Macrobius’s commentary on Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis (Dre...

  • 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...

  • Gutenberg Bible

    Printed Book

    Johann Gutenberg’s Bible is probably the most famous Bible in the world. It is the earliest full-scale work printed in E...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Roman de la Rose

    Manuscript

    This allegorical poem of chivalric love is illustrated with 92 brilliant miniatures, of which four are half-page paintin...

  • Ruthwell Cross

    Carved stone

    Made in the 8th century, the Ruthwell Cross is one of the most impressive monuments to survive from the Anglo-Saxon peri...