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  • Broadside on mortality

    Broadside, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image Created date: 1604

    The Map of Mortalitie (1604) is a broadside combining verses, symbols and cryptic diagrams, all centred on a skull or ‘d...

  • Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read i...

    Book, Quarto

    Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read in Churches (1547–71) comprises two volumes of religious sermons or hom...

  • Collectanea satis copiosa

    Illuminated manuscript Created date: 2nd quarter of the 16th century

    For about two years, a team of scholars and royal agents gathered together and studied manuscripts that would provide ev...

  • Descriptions of Wittenberg and Padua, 1600

    Book, Quarto

    Samuel Lewkenor’s Discourse … of forraine Citties (1600) is a handbook for armchair travellers who wish to know d...

  • Edward VI’s diary

    Manuscript, Diary Created date: 1547–1553

    Edward VI reveals here that he and his sister Elizabeth (later to be Queen Elizabeth I) learnt of their father King Henr...

  • Elizabeth I’s 1559 speech on her marriage, in Anna...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This book is the first English translation of historian William Camden’s account of the reign of Elizabeth I, which was ...

  • Engraved view of London by C J Visscher showing t...

    Map, Illustration

    This panorama of London, dated 1616, is an engraving by Claes Visscher (1586–1652), and one of the best views of London ...

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

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1175–1200

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

  • Gunpowder Plot medal

    Coin, Medal, Image Created date: 1605

    This silver medal was struck in Holland in 1605 to commemorate the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in England and the ex...

  • Henry VI, Part 3

    Book, Duodecimo, Playscript, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    Henry VI, Part 3 (often abbreviated to 3 Henry VI) was written around 1591 and is the third in a series of four history...

  • Holinshed's Chronicles, 1577

    Book, Folio, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577) – often referred to as just ‘Holinshed’ – is a large collaborative work describing England...

  • John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

    Book, Image

    John Foxe’s survey of Christian martyrs throughout history laid strong emphasis on those who had died for their faith du...

  • Last letter of Sir Thomas More to Henry VIII

    Illuminated manuscript

    Sir Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor on 16 May 1532 and King Henry VIII had allowed him to live as a private citi...

  • Letter about Guy Fawkes and collaborators

    Letter, Ephemera Created date: 10 November 1605

    In 1605, a group of Catholic conspirators, including the now infamous Guy Fawkes, devised a plan to blow up the Houses o...

  • Of Ghosts and Spirits Walking by Night by Ludwig L...

    Book, Quarto

    Ludwig Lavater was a Swiss Reformed theologian and prolific author. His book on demonology – De spectris, lemuribus et m...