Collection items

Explore a selection of illuminated manuscripts which capture the realities of everyday life in the Middle Ages.

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  • 16th-century Book of Hours

    Manuscript

    The character of Death was regularly personified within medieval culture, and the message was usually clear: death would...

  • A Boke of Kokery

    Manuscript

    A Boke of Kokery is an anonymous collection of 182 recipes in Middle English that was written around 1440. Culinary reci...

  • Albumazar, Treatise on astrology

    Manuscript

    Abu Maʿshar (d. 886), also known as Albumazer, was an early Persian physician and astrologer who lived in the city of Ba...

  • Anglo-Saxon miscellany

    Manuscript

    The world beyond England was a source of continuing curiosity for the Anglo-Saxons, as is particularly evident in this m...

  • Astrological-medical miscellany

    Manuscript

    A circular diagram, now known as ‘Microcosmic Man’ or ‘Zodiac man’, appears in this miscellany of astrological and medic...

  • Aviary and bestiary

    Manuscript

    An illustrated aviary (or text about birds) appears in this manuscript, which was made in Northern France during the 13t...

  • Bald’s Leechbook

    Manuscript

    Bald’s Leechbook is a large collection of medical remedies in Old English. Its recipes are drawn from Greek and Roman au...

  • Bedford Hours

    Manuscript

    A lavishly illuminated Book of Hours, gifted to Henry VI by the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. The Bedford Hours is regar...

  • 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...

  • Bestiary with theological texts

    Manuscript

    A bestiary made in northern England, early in the 13th century, a direct copy of the Worskop Bestiary (New York, Pierpon...

  • Bible of William of Devon

    Manuscript

    Made in England around the middle of the 13th century, this grand illustrated manuscript includes the entire Bible in on...

  • Carthusian miscellany

    Manuscript

    The religious order of monks and nuns known as the Carthusians were founded by St Bruno of Cologne (d. 1104) in 1084. Th...

  • Charles d'Orleans, Poetry

    Manuscript

    Charles d’Orleans (d. 1465), cousin of the French king, was captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and spent 25 yea...

  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of the Queen

    Manuscript

    Christine de Pizan (b. 1364, d. 1430) was the first professional woman author in Europe. Writing in the French language,...

  • Chronicles of France

    Manuscript

    Made in Northern France in around 1487, this richly illuminated manuscript is the third in a set of six enormous volumes...