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  • A 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...

  • 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', the original ma...

    Manuscript, Fair copy, Artwork, Image

    Reverend Charles Dodgson was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1856 when he first met Alice Liddell and he...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript

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

  • Book of french translation

    Book

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

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript

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

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth's account of King Lear in His...

    Manuscript

    Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100–1154) was a scholar and probably also a monk, educated in Monmouth and living in Oxford. H...

  • Guthlac Roll

    Vellum roll

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

  • 'History of England': Austen juvenilia

    Manuscript, Fair copy, Artwork, Image

    Jane Austen’s ‘The History of England’ is a comic account of England from Henry IV to Charles I as told by ‘a partial, p...

  • Illustration from a 1975 edition of Beowulf

    Illustration, Image

    This striking monochrome illustration, created in 1975 by Vladimir Noskov, is just one example of how artists have respo...

  • 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...

  • Junius Manuscript

    Manuscript

    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

    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...

  • Lindisfarne Gospels

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    Written and illustrated probably by Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne from 698 to 721, the Lindisfarne Gospels is amongst...

  • Manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Kubla Kha...

    Manuscript, Fair copy

    In 1797 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) was staying at Nether Stowey in Somerset, near Dorothy and William ...