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

    Manuscript

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

  • 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...

  • Aesop’s Fables printed by William Caxton, 1484

    Book, Folio, Woodcut, Image

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

  • Aldhelm's Riddles

    Manuscript

    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

    Jewellery

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

  • Ancrene Wisse

    Manuscript

    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

    This map was probably created at Canterbury between 1025 and 1050, but is probably ultimately based on a model dating fr...

  • Asser's Life of King Alfred

    Manuscript

    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

    Manuscript

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

  • Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Peopl...

    Manuscript

    Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People was completed in 731. The work tells the story of the conversion of ...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript

    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

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

  • 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...