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Chi-rho from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Chi-rho from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Decorated initial 'Chi-rho', with a zoomorphic decoration, at the beginning of Matthew; and an added Old English text of a manumission by king Athelstan. Image taken from f. 15v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin... More

Chi-rho from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Chi-rho from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Detail of a decorated initial 'Chi-rho', with a zoomorphic decoration, at the beginning of Matthew; and an added Old English text of a manumission by king Athelstan. Image taken from f. 15v of Gospel Book. Writ... More

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 12v

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 12v

Canon Tables. Image taken from f. 12v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of over 2,000 manuscripts that were once owned by the Br... More

Added text from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Added text from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15v

Detail of an added Old English text of a manumission by king Athelstan. Image taken from f. 15v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consist... More

Diagrams from BL Sloane 2030, ff. 113v-114

Diagrams from BL Sloane 2030, ff. 113v-114

Diagrams. Image taken from ff. 113v-114 of Miscellany, including a chiromantic text, including the Hands of prognostications (ff. 125-126v). Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and na... More

Foliate initial from BL Royal 13 A XI, f. 30v

Foliate initial from BL Royal 13 A XI, f. 30v

Foliate initial 'D'(e natura) with zoomorphic motifs, at the beginning of the prologue to book 3 of Bede's De Temporum Ratione. Image taken from f. 30v of Miscellany works on Computus and astrology. Written in ... More

Healing of a sick man from BL YT 26, f. 79

Healing of a sick man from BL YT 26, f. 79

Miniature of a sick man being healed while praying at Cuthbert's tomb, from Chapter 44 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 79 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesias... More

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 144

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 144

Illuminated initial 'D'(ixit dominus domino meo), with foliate and knotwork motifs, at Psalm 109. Image taken from f. 144 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with ... More

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 181

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 181

Detail of illuminated initial 'B'(enedictus), with foliate motifs, at Psalm 143. Image taken from f. 181 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209... More

Alphabet and prayers from BL Add 60577, f. 120

Alphabet and prayers from BL Add 60577, f. 120

Large initials in red. Text page containing an alphabet (preceded by a red cross) and Middle English versions of three prayers: the Pater noster ('Fadyr oure that art in hevenes'), Ave Maria ('Hayle marie full... More

Coat of arms from BL Or 2628, f. 185v

Coat of arms from BL Or 2628, f. 185v

Detail of a full border with a coat of arms. Image taken from f. 185v of Bible (the 'Lisbon Bible') with ~masorah magna~ and ~parva~: the Hagiographa. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Detail from BL Burn 15, f. 21v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail from BL Burn 15, f. 21v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Image taken from f. 21v of Psalter, parallel Greek and Latin text (ff. 2-227v); Odes, parallel Greek and Latin text (ff. 228-256v); Te Deum, in Latin (ff. 256v-258); Athanasian Creed, in Latin (ff. 258-261v). W... More

Text page from BL Add 14761, f. 150

Text page from BL Add 14761, f. 150

Text page with Sephardi punctuated semi-cursive script. Image taken from f. 150 of Haggadah, liturgical poems and biblical readings for Passover (The 'Barcelona Haggadah'), Sephardic rite. Written in Hebrew.

Text page from BL Lansdowne 285, f. 136

Text page from BL Lansdowne 285, f. 136

Text page. Image taken from f. 136 of Sir John Paston's 'Grete Booke', a miscellany, including the challenge of an Auncestre of Therle of Warrewik (ff. 16-17v); the tournament between Lord Scales and the Bastar... More

Illustration of a hydraulic organ from BL Burn 81, f. 25v

Illustration of a hydraulic organ from BL Burn 81, f. 25v

An illustration of the operation of a hydraulic organ described by Heron of Alexandria in chapter 76 of the Pneumatica, showing the blast powered by an anemurion (a windmill or wind-vane). Image taken from f. 2... More

Henry and Patrick from BL King's 396, f. 24v

Henry and Patrick from BL King's 396, f. 24v

Detail of miniatures of Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln; and Patrick Chaworth of Kidwelly; each at the beginning of a branch of the genealogical tree. Image taken from f. 24v of Genealogy of Queen Elizabeth I. W... More

f. 155, displayed as an open bifolium with f. 156v: text page from BL Arundel 263

f. 155, displayed as an open bifolium with f. 156v: text page from BL ...

The Allegory of the Cave. Image taken from f. 155 of Notebook ('The Codex Arundel'). Written in Italian. The Arundel Manuscript Collection was amassed by the Howard family, particularly Thomas Howard, the 2nd ... More

Decorated scribal formula from BL Or 2393, f. 329v

Decorated scribal formula from BL Or 2393, f. 329v

Decorated scribal formula at the end of Tractate Neziqim. Image taken from f. 329v of Fragment of the commentary on Seder Nashim of the Mishnah. Written in Judeo-Arabic.

Borders from BL Add 35254K, N and P, f. N

Borders from BL Add 35254K, N and P, f. N

5 border pieces decorated with flowers, birds and insects. Image taken from f. N of Cuttings from a Gospel Lectionary (index Evangelistary) of Gregory XIII.

Seder from BL Or 11924, f. 153v

Seder from BL Or 11924, f. 153v

Painting of a couple standing at the spread Seder table, lifting the seder basket. Under the table, there is a big cat. Beneath the scene, two figures are preparing food for the Seder. Image taken from f. 153v ... More

Malachi from BL Harley 2803, f. 286v

Malachi from BL Harley 2803, f. 286v

Detail of face of the prophet Malachi. Image taken from f. 286v of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesis to Job. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of me... More

Ezekiel from BL Harley 2803, f. 229

Ezekiel from BL Harley 2803, f. 229

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(t) with a standing figure of Ezekiel with a scroll with foliate interlace and clasps at the beginning of Ezekiel. Image taken from f. 229 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index... More

Micah from BL Harley 2803, f. 274

Micah from BL Harley 2803, f. 274

Detail of an historiated initial 'V'(erbum Domini) depicting the prophet Micah holding a scroll, at the beginning of Micah. Image taken from f. 274 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesi... More

Marginal decoration from BL Add 14762, f. 13v

Marginal decoration from BL Add 14762, f. 13v

Foliate decoration connected to two decorated initials and inhabited by animals, in the outer margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 13v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Ashkenazi Haggadah'), German rite with t... More

Penitence, devotion, and contemplation from BL YT 11, f. 29

Penitence, devotion, and contemplation from BL YT 11, f. 29

Detail of a miniature divided in four compartments: a nun's vision of the Trinity. Image taken from f. 29 of 'La Sainte Abbaye' (ff. 2-7); a treatise on love (ff. 7-28); Livres de l'estat de l'ame (ff. 28v-51v)... More

f. 136v, displayed as an open bifolium with f. 137: sketches from BL Arundel 263

f. 136v, displayed as an open bifolium with f. 137: sketches from BL A...

Charcoal sketches of a male nude with javelin, a man's face in profile, and a fragmentary figure (none in Leonardo's hand); notes by Leonardo on geometric proportion. Image taken from f. 136v of Notebook ('The ... More

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 14

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 14

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil being rowed across the river Styx by a demon rower, Phlegyas, and Dante and Virgil at the brazen gates of the city of Dis, in illustration of Canto VIII. Image taken fr... More

Edmund's head from BL Harley 2278, f. 66

Edmund's head from BL Harley 2278, f. 66

Detail of a miniature of Edmund's head calling out "Here! Here! Here!" all day long until the men searching for it found it hidden in a thicket, being guarded from predatory animals by a wolf. Image taken from ... More

Creation of Eve from BL King's 395, ff. 1v-2

Creation of Eve from BL King's 395, ff. 1v-2

Miniature of the creation of Eve, with foliate border and foliate initials, and a diagram of the the descendants of Adam and Eveat the beginning of a genealogy from Adam and Eve to the Kings of England. Image t... More

Sacrifice of Isaac from BL Add 27210, f. 4v

Sacrifice of Isaac from BL Add 27210, f. 4v

Sacrifice of Isaac, detail of a miniature depicting scenes from Genesis. Image taken from f. 4v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

Joseph from BL Add 27210, f. 7 - Public domain dedication image

Joseph from BL Add 27210, f. 7 - Public domain dedication image

Detail of a miniature of Joseph ordering the arrest of Simeon. Image taken from f. 7 of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

Monoceros (unicorn) from BL Harley 4751, f. 15

Monoceros (unicorn) from BL Harley 4751, f. 15

Detail of a miniature of a monoceros (unicorn). Image taken from f. 15 of Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of... More

Rome from BL Royal 16 G I, f. 9

Rome from BL Royal 16 G I, f. 9

Detail of a miniature of the senators of Rome giving a decree regarding sending malefactors out as colonists, while in the foreground, cattle are being driven on board a ship. Image taken from f. 9 of Chronicle... More

Vivien and his mother arriving to Luserne from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 124v

Vivien and his mother arriving to Luserne from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 12...

Miniature of Vivien and his mother arriving to Luserne, at the beginning of 'Les Enfances Vivien'. Image taken from f. 124v of Chansons of the cycle of Guillaume d'Orange. Written in French. The BL Royal Manus... More

Battle of Hastings from BL YT 33, f. 167

Battle of Hastings from BL YT 33, f. 167

Detail of a miniature of the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings, including relatives seeking their dead, four monks carrying Harold's body to Waltham Abbey, and victorious Normans issuing from their pavilions,... More

Battle at Castillon-sur-Dordogne from BL Royal 20 C IX, f. 263

Battle at Castillon-sur-Dordogne from BL Royal 20 C IX, f. 263

Detail of a miniature of the battle of English and French at Castillon-sur-Dordogne. Image taken from f. 263 of Grandes Chroniques de France (Chronique de Charles VII). Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscri... More

Heaven of Saturn from BL YT 36, f. 165

Heaven of Saturn from BL YT 36, f. 165

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice ascending to the Heaven of Saturn. Image taken from f. 165 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Briti... More

Idolatrous dance from BL Royal 17 F III, f. 54

Idolatrous dance from BL Royal 17 F III, f. 54

Detail of a miniature of a group of men dancing around an idol, at the beginning of book 2. Image taken from f. 54 of City of God (La cité de Dieu). Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also ... More

Paschal lamb from BL Or 2737, f. 91v

Paschal lamb from BL Or 2737, f. 91v

Detail of a full-page miniature of two Israelites roasting the paschal lamb. Image taken from f. 91v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Hispano-Moresque Haggadah'). Written in Hebrew.

Decorated letters from BL Harley 1662, f. 184v

Decorated letters from BL Harley 1662, f. 184v

Decorated letters 'IHS'. Image taken from f. 184v of Book of Hours, unidentified use. Written in Dutch. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the British Library in ... More

Table with a candlestick from BL Stowe 955, f. 8

Table with a candlestick from BL Stowe 955, f. 8

Miniature of a table with a candlestick. Image taken from f. 8 of Petit Livre d'Amour. Written in French and Italian (f. 7v).

'Estienne Houet' from BL Harley 5301, f. 22

'Estienne Houet' from BL Harley 5301, f. 22

Arms of 'Estienne Houet', surrounded by the collar of the order: the rosary with a gold pendant in the shape of the Virgin and Child. Image taken from f. 22 of Statuts et armoiries des chevaliers de la Table Ro... More

Adam, Christ, and Solomon from BL YT 36, f. 153

Adam, Christ, and Solomon from BL YT 36, f. 153

Detail of a miniature of Adam, Christ and Solomon, with a sunburst of glory behind them. Image taken from f. 153 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) w... More

Tudor rose from BL Royal 16 F II, f. 188

Tudor rose from BL Royal 16 F II, f. 188

Detail of a Tudor rose in the lower left corner of the folio. Image taken from f. 188 of Poems; Art d'amour; Les demands d'amour; Le liver dot grace entire sure le fait du government d'un prince. Written in Fre... More

Detail from BL Sloane 1977, f. 2v

Detail from BL Sloane 1977, f. 2v

Cranial surgical procedure. Image taken from f. 2v of Chirurgia. Written in French. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the development of British museums an... More

Purgatory: A group of angels from BL Eg 943, f. 118

Purgatory: A group of angels from BL Eg 943, f. 118

Detail of a framed miniature of Dante and Virgil watching a group of angels. Image taken from f. 118 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the C... More

Giovanni Boccaccio - Sempronia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 121, illuminated manuscript

Giovanni Boccaccio - Sempronia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 121, illuminat...

Detail of a miniature of Sempronia, wife of a Roman consul, with a book, desk, and musical instruments, being embraced by a man. Image taken from f. 121 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in a... More

Life of Julius Caesar from BL Royal 16 G VII, f. 219

Life of Julius Caesar from BL Royal 16 G VII, f. 219

Four-part miniature of the life of Julius Caesar. Image taken from f. 219 of Les anciennes hystoires rommaines (A compilation of ancient history in two parts, each preceded by a table of contents: Part 1, l'His... More

Dance of Miriam from BL Add 27210, f. 15

Dance of Miriam from BL Add 27210, f. 15

Detail of a miniature of the Dance of Miriam (Ex. 15:20). Image taken from f. 15 of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt from BL Or 2737, f. 62v

The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt from BL Or 2737, f. 62v

Full page miniature of the Israelites building the Egyptian cities, a taskmaster holding a stick and instructing the slaves, in an architectural frame. Image taken from f. 62v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'His... More

Virgin Mary from BL YT 13, f. 173v

Virgin Mary from BL YT 13, f. 173v

Bas-de-page scene of the Virgin Mary pulling a cord that binds the hands and feet of a devil sitting on a small hill, with a caption reading, ‘Cy deliure n[ost]re dame le moine hors des liens et relie en sun le... More

Walter Map and Henry II from BL Add 17443, f. 62

Walter Map and Henry II from BL Add 17443, f. 62

Miniature in ink of Walter Map writing the last part of the legend, following the instructions of Henry II. Image taken from f. 62 of Lancelot-Grail. Written in French.

Cosmological diagram from BL YT 31, f. 45

Cosmological diagram from BL YT 31, f. 45

Diagram showing distances within the sublunar sphere, with angels turning the handles of the poles, by which it is turned, in Matfré Ermengau of Béziers's Breviari d'Amour. Image taken from f. 45 of Breviari d'... More

Rotokritos and Polidoros from BL Harley 5644, f. 23v

Rotokritos and Polidoros from BL Harley 5644, f. 23v

Pen drawing of Rotokritos and Polidoros attacked by King Iraklis's guards. Image taken from f. 23v of Erotokritos, romance in 15-syllable rhymed couplets, prededed by a table of contents (ff. 1-8). Written in G... More

Achilles, Calchas and Agamemnon from BL Royal 16 F IX, f. 28

Achilles, Calchas and Agamemnon from BL Royal 16 F IX, f. 28

Detail of a miniature of Achilles bringing Calchas to Agamemnon. Image taken from f. 28 of Historia destructionis Troiae in a French translation. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also kno... More

William the Conqueror and William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 176

William the Conqueror and William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 176

Detail of a miniature of the funeral of William the Conqueror in the Abbaye aux hommes at Caen; on the right, a miniature of Lanfranc crowning William Rufus before a watching group of men, from the Grande Chron... More

Giovanni Boccaccio - Expulsion from Paradise from BL Harley 1766, f. 13, illuminated manuscript

Giovanni Boccaccio - Expulsion from Paradise from BL Harley 1766, f. 1...

Detail of a miniature of the Expulsion from the Garden of Even. Image taken from f. 13 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English. The "BL Harley Ma... More

Rollo and his descendants from BL Royal 14 B VI, Membrane 5

Rollo and his descendants from BL Royal 14 B VI, Membrane 5

Detail from the roll of the dukes of Normandy: Rollo, William, and Richard, with seven roundels showing Richard's children. Image taken from Membrane 5 of Genealogical roll of the kings of England. Written in ... More

Orpheus, Eurydice, and fiends from BL Royal 17 E IV, f. 155

Orpheus, Eurydice, and fiends from BL Royal 17 E IV, f. 155

Detail of a miniature of Orpheus, Eurydice, and fiends. Image taken from f. 155 of Metamorphoses, second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé). Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, al... More

Pieta from BL Eg 2045, f. 233v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Pieta from BL Eg 2045, f. 233v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Miniature of the Pieta, at the beginning of a prayer. Image taken from f. 233v of Miniatures added to a Book of Hours. The Egerton Manuscript Collection is named after its founder, Sir Thomas Egerton (1540-161... More

Achilles from BL Royal 16 F IX, f. 47

Achilles from BL Royal 16 F IX, f. 47

Detail of a miniature of Achilles. Image taken from f. 47 of Historia destructionis Troiae in a French translation. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, co... More

Black Horse from BL Royal 19 B XV, f. 10

Black Horse from BL Royal 19 B XV, f. 10

Miniature of John with a symbol of Luke and the vision of the Black Horse, a portent of famine, illustrating the opening of the Third Seal (Revelation 6: 5). Image taken from f. 10 of Apocalypse, with commentar... More

Dukes of Exeter and Salisbury from BL Harley 1319, f. 25

Dukes of Exeter and Salisbury from BL Harley 1319, f. 25

Miniature of the Dukes of Exeter and Salisbury, sent to confer about the differences between Richard and other nobles. Image taken from f. 25 of La Prinse et mort du roy Richart (Book of the Capture and Death o... More

Detail from BL Sloane 1977, f. 7

Detail from BL Sloane 1977, f. 7

Image taken from f. 7 of Chirurgia. Written in French. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the development of British museums and libraries. Sloane was a fel... More

Death rites from BL Harley 3954, f. 67v

Death rites from BL Harley 3954, f. 67v

Detail of a coloured drawing depicting the death rites of Rybothe Island. Image taken from f. 67v of Travels (index Voyage d'Outre Mer, Itinerarium). Written in English. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a ... More

Jacob wrestling with an angel from BL Add 27210, f. 5

Jacob wrestling with an angel from BL Add 27210, f. 5

Jacob wrestling with an angel, detail of a miniature depicting scenes from Genesis. Image taken from f. 5 of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

Army from BL Royal 16 G IX, f. 42v

Army from BL Royal 16 G IX, f. 42v

Detail of a miniature of Cyrus and his army marching off to war. Image taken from f. 42v of Cyropaedia (Cyropédie). Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, co... More

Border from BL YT 30, f. 37 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Border from BL YT 30, f. 37 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of the lower part of the full all'antica border with putti, gems, emblems, and biblical figures, at the beginning of None in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 37 of Book of Hours ('The Hours o... More

Joust from BL Royal 14 E IV, f. 81

Joust from BL Royal 14 E IV, f. 81

Detail of a miniature of the joust between Nicholas Clifford and a Frenchman, at the beginning of chapter 8 of book 2. Image taken from f. 81 of Recueil des croniques d’Engleterre. Written in French. The BL Ro... More

Queen and monk from BL Harley 4399, f. 2v

Queen and monk from BL Harley 4399, f. 2v

Detail of a miniature of a queen and a monk. Image taken from f. 2v of Pèlerinage de vie humaine (index Pelerinage de vie humaine, Pilgrimage of the life of man). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" ... More

Dwarf hitting Lancelot with a staff from BL Add 10293, f. 332v

Dwarf hitting Lancelot with a staff from BL Add 10293, f. 332v

Miniature of a dwarf hitting Lancelot over the head with a staff in a pavilion. Image taken from f. 332v of Lancelot du Lac. Written in French.

Attack of Jaffa from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 161v

Attack of Jaffa from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 161v

Detail of a miniature of the attack on Jaffa. Image taken from f. 161v of Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum, in French, with continuation to 1231. Written in French.

Dance of the Wodewoses from BL Harley 4380, f. 1

Dance of the Wodewoses from BL Harley 4380, f. 1

Miniature of the dance of the Wodewoses. Image taken from f. 1 of Chroniques, Vol. IV, part 2. Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the British L... More

Monoceros (unicorn) from BL Harley 4751, f. 15

Monoceros (unicorn) from BL Harley 4751, f. 15

Miniature of a monoceros (unicorn). Image taken from f. 15 of Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval ma... More

Creation from BL Harley 334, f. 1

Creation from BL Harley 334, f. 1

Detail of a miniature of God creating animals and birds. Image taken from f. 1 of Image du Monde (Le livre de clergie en roumans) (index Mappe Monde). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a ... More

Knight and Imagination from BL Royal 19 C VIII, f. 3

Knight and Imagination from BL Royal 19 C VIII, f. 3

Miniature of the knight kneeling and addressing Lady Imagination, with the city of Halle in the background, with a full trompe l'oeil border, including flowers, fruit, and the royal arms of England. Image taken... More

Michael defeating Lucifer from BL Eg 2045, f. 254v

Michael defeating Lucifer from BL Eg 2045, f. 254v

Miniature of Michael defeating Lucifer, at the beginning of his suffrage. Image taken from f. 254v of Miniatures added to a Book of Hours. The Egerton Manuscript Collection is named after its founder, Sir Thom... More

Siege of Jerusalem from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 438

Siege of Jerusalem from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 438

Detail of a miniature of the siege of Jerusalem by Saladin. Image taken from f. 438 of Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum, in French, with continuation to 1231. Written in French.

Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity from BL Sloane 1977, f. 2

Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity from BL Sloane 1977, f. 2

Detail of full-page miniature of the upper register of the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity. Image taken from f. 2 of Chirurgia. Written in French. The Annunciation is a biblical event in which the angel... More

John from BL Arundel 285, f. 183

John from BL Arundel 285, f. 183

Woodcut of John holding a chalice. Image taken from f. 183 of Collection of Scottish poetry. Written in English, Scots, some headings in Latin. The Arundel Manuscript Collection was amassed by the Howard famil... More

Virgin and Child from BL Arundel 285, f. 198v

Virgin and Child from BL Arundel 285, f. 198v

Detail of a woodcut of the Virgin and Child, within a rosary, and with the sun and moon. Image taken from f. 198v of Collection of Scottish poetry. Written in English, Scots, some headings in Latin. The Arunde... More

Decorated initial-word panel from BL Add 14763, f. 167

Decorated initial-word panel from BL Add 14763, f. 167

Detail of a page: decorated initial-word panel and foliate scroll between the two text columns. Image taken from f. 167 of Miscellany of philosophical works including e. g. the Guide of the Perplexed by Maimoni... More

Prisoner seeking sanctuary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 206v

Prisoner seeking sanctuary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 206v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a prisoner seeking sanctuary from monks. Image taken from f. 206v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin. The BL Royal ... More

Blind beggar from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 110

Blind beggar from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 110

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a blind beggar and his dog. Image taken from f. 110 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Col... More

Virgin Mary saving a soul from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 268

Virgin Mary saving a soul from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 268

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of the Virgin Mary taking a naked man (a soul) by the hands, with an angel on the left. Image taken from f. 268 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield De... More

Woman on stilts from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 29v

Woman on stilts from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 29v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman on stilts, nursing an infant, with a man, a woman and a bird. Image taken from f. 29v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Writ... More

Henry I from BL Royal 14 B V, Membrane 5

Henry I from BL Royal 14 B V, Membrane 5

Detail from the roll of king Henry I, his wife Maud (or Matilda), their son William and daughter Maud (or Matilda). Image taken from Membrane 5 of Genealogical chronicle of the English Kings. Written in French.... More

King, hounds and two men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 162

King, hounds and two men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 162

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king, two other men, and hounds. Image taken from f. 162 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscr... More

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 277

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 277

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hairy Mary of Egypt reaching up towards a bird in a tree; a lion and a unicorn are on either side of her. Image taken from f. 277 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordina... More

Monk and nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 268v

Monk and nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 268v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk and a nun. Image taken from f. 268v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, ... More

Rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 64

Rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 64

Detail of a painting of a rabbit with a pennant. Image taken from f. 64 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also... More

Mermaid and merman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 3

Mermaid and merman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 3

Detail of a miniature of a mermaid and merman with bow and arrow in the border of the folio. Image taken from f. 3 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin... More

Charlemagne and his barons from BL Royal 16 G II, f. 40v

Charlemagne and his barons from BL Royal 16 G II, f. 40v

Detail of a miniature of Charlemagne enthroned consulting his barons, with a partial border, a foliate initial 'E'(n ceste), and an instruction to illuminator reading 'Icy soit fait ung palaiz ou le roy Charlem... More

Apostles Philip and James Major from BL Add 21412, ff. 81-94*, ff. 84a-c, 85a-c

Apostles Philip and James Major from BL Add 21412, ff. 81-94*, ff. 84a...

Two montages (now dismembered) of a section of historiated border of a full-length figure of the apostle Philip with a Tau cross in gold monochrome and cartouches inscribed in capitals 'Videte manus / meas et p... More

Annunciation from BL Add 16914, f. a

Annunciation from BL Add 16914, f. a

Historiated and foliate full border with three medallions of half-length figures of God the Father, a saint writing and a prophet holding a scroll inscribed: 'ecce virgo conc(ipiet) et pa(riet filium)', with a ... More

Christ teaching, Return from Egypt from BL Lansdowne 420, f. 9v

Christ teaching, Return from Egypt from BL Lansdowne 420, f. 9v

Miniature in two registers of Christ teaching and the Dream of Joseph to return from Egypt, and below, the Return from Egypt, with people seated at table. Image taken from f. 9v of Psalter, with calendar. Writt... More

Jacob wrestling with the angel from BL Royal 1 D X, f. 74v

Jacob wrestling with the angel from BL Royal 1 D X, f. 74v

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(xultate) of Jacob wrestling with the angel, at the beginning of Psalm 80. Image taken from f. 74v of Psalter (index Old Testament, Bible). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Ma... More

Donor portrait from BL Sloane 2321, f. 125

Donor portrait from BL Sloane 2321, f. 125

Miniature of a woman in prayer before the Virgin and Child. Image taken from f. 125 of Book of Hours ('The Entwisle Hours'), Use of Sarum. Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and natu... More

Annunciation, Presentation, and the marriage of Joseph and Mary from BL King's 6, f. 27

Annunciation, Presentation, and the marriage of Joseph and Mary from B...

Miniature of the Annunciation; in the right margin, the Presentation of the Virgin in the temple; in the lower margin, the marriage of Joseph and Mary, each set within an architectural frame, at the beginning o... More

The Annunciation from BL Add 35254C

The Annunciation from BL Add 35254C

Historiated initial 'R' of the Annunciation in a mosaic-like frame. Image taken from Cutting from a Gradual (Sanctorale). Written in Latin. The Annunciation is a biblical event in which the angel Gabriel appea... More

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