Collection items

Discover a wealth of literary manuscripts and early print editions from the medieval period.

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  • 14th-century pilgrim's travel guide


    This is a 700-year-old traveller’s guidebook: a practical manual for pilgrims walking St James’s Way to Santiago de Comp...

  • 14th-century Wycliffite Bible


    This is a manuscript copy of the ‘Wycliffite Bible’ – the first complete copy of the Bible in the English language. Why...

  • 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. Who was A...

  • Aldhelm's Riddles


    Aldhelm’s Latin verse Enigmata or Riddles was widely read and studied in the Middle Ages, both in England and on the Con...

  • Alfred Jewel


    The Alfred Jewel is one of the most celebrated objects surviving from Anglo-Saxon England. Inscribed +ÆFLRED MEC HEHT GE...

  • Ancrene Wisse


    In the early 13th century, three sisters decided to each have themselves walled up inside a cell. They chose to live alo...

  • Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis

    Printed book

    David Lindsay’s play Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis is a work of searing social satire, which is arguably the best exa...

  • Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi

    Map, Manuscript

    This mappa mundi is one of the earliest surviving maps of the world and the only example that originates from England be...

  • Asser's Life of King Alfred


    The Life of King Alfred by Bishop Asser is the earliest known source about an Anglo-Saxon king, a king often known today...

  • Bannatyne Manuscript


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

  • Benedictional of St Æthelwold


    The Benedictional of St Æthelwold

  • Beowulf


    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


    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


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