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Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Detail of the Hebrew letter ~shin~ decorated with foliate motifs, which served as a book plate of the patron Shabbetai ben Mattatya of Rome (see Narkiss, 1984). Image taken from f. 2 of Guide of the Perplexed (... more

Cauldron
Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 66v

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 66v

Illuminated initial 'D'(icto) in Robertus Anglicus' Tractatus quadrantis veteris. Image taken from f. 66v of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 6

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 6

Illuminated initial 'A'(d) at the beginning of a calendarial treatise attributed to Robert Grosseteste 'Lincolniensis'. Image taken from f. 6 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Arundel 74, f. 1

Detail from BL Arundel 74, f. 1

Illuminated initial 'R' with the arms of Henry Despenser, bishop of Norwich, and a partial border, and in the upper margin, the signature of 'William Howarde 1579'. Image taken from f. 1 of Historia ecclesiasti... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 17

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 17

Detail of an illuminated initial 'T'(ractatus) at the beginning of Johannes de Sacro Bosco's Tractatus de sphaera. Image taken from f. 17 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 64

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 64

Detail of an illuminated initial 'G'(eometrie), at the beginning of Robertus Anglicus' Tractatus quadrantis veteris. Image taken from f. 64 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Arundel 74, f. 2v

Detail from BL Arundel 74, f. 2v

Unfinished illuminated initial 'N'(octiam) with a drawing of a seated man (possibly Bede) writing at the desk holding a quill and a knife. Image taken from f. 2v of Historia ecclesiastica (ff. 1-99), De muliere... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 17

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 17

Illuminated initial 'T'(ractatus) at the beginning of Johannes de Sacro Bosco's Tractatus de sphaera. Diagram of the heavenly spheres. Image taken from f. 17 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. ... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 6

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 6

Detail of an illuminated initial 'A'(d) at the beginning of a calendarial treatise attributed to Robert Grosseteste 'Lincolniensis'. Image taken from f. 6 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Wri... more

Luke from BL Royal 1 E VI, f. 43

Luke from BL Royal 1 E VI, f. 43

Incipit page with a miniature of an ox, the symbol of Luke, with God the Father above, and an illuminated initial 'Q'(uoniam), at the beginning of Luke. Image taken from f. 43 of Gospels, imperfect (the 'Royal ... more

Virgin Mary from BL Harley 2904, f. 3v

Virgin Mary from BL Harley 2904, f. 3v

Detail of tinted drawing with the Virgin Mary standing at the base of the cross. Image taken from f. 3v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 64v

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 64v

Detail of illuminated initial 'D'(eus in nomine tuo saluum me fac) at Psalm 53. Image taken from f. 64v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-... more

Litany from BL Harley 2904, f. 209

Litany from BL Harley 2904, f. 209

Litany with the names of Mary and Michael in gold letters. Image taken from f. 209 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-211) followed by pray... more

Decorated initial and border from BL Eg 2904, f. 47

Decorated initial and border from BL Eg 2904, f. 47

Decorated initial and border. Image taken from f. 47 of Prayer book. Written in Dutch.

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 144

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 144

Detail of an 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 v... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 71

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 71

Illuminated initial 'D'(eus reppulisti nos) at Psalm 59. Image taken from f. 71 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-211) followed by prayers... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 164

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 164

Detail of illuminated initial 'A'(d dominum cum tribularer), with foliate motifs, at Psalm 119. Image taken from f. 164 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a ... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 63v

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 63v

Detail of a illuminated initial 'D'(ix[it] insipiens in corde suo) at Psalm 52. Image taken from f. 63v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-... more

Text page from BL Harley 2904, f. 1v

Text page from BL Harley 2904, f. 1v

Text page with plain initials in gold 'C'(anticum Psalmorum). Image taken from f. 1v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-211) followed by pr... 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

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 125

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 125

Detail of illuminated initial 'D'([omi]ne exaudi orationem meam), with beakhead, foliate, and knotwork motifs, at Psalm 101. Image taken from f. 125 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in ... 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

Page of Calligraphy

Page of Calligraphy

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Litany from BL Harley 2904, f. 210v

Litany from BL Harley 2904, f. 210v

Litany with the name of Benedict in gold letters followed by the number III, indicating that he is to be invoked three times. Image taken from f. 210v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), i... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 151v

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 151v

Detail of illuminated initial 'B' (eati inmaculati) at Psalm 118. Image taken from f. 151v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-211) followed... 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

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 164

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 164

Illuminated initial 'A'(d dominum cum tribularer), with foliate motifs, at Psalm 119. Image taken from f. 164 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff... more

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 203v

Illuminated initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 203v

Detail of an illuminated initial 'B'(enedicite). Image taken from f. 203v of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald'), in the Gallican version, with a litany (ff. 209-211) followed by prayers (ff. ... more

Beatus initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 4

Beatus initial from BL Harley 2904, f. 4

Illuminated initial 'B'(eatus vir qui non abiit) with a beast's head, and knotwork and foliate motifs, at the beginning of Psalm 1. Image taken from f. 4 of Psalter (the 'Ramsey Psalter' or 'Psalter of Oswald')... more

Illuminated headpiece and initial from BL Harley 5598, f. 142

Illuminated headpiece and initial from BL Harley 5598, f. 142

Headpiece with geometric and foliate decoration and inscribed with title in display capitals, and illuminated initial 'T'. Image taken from f. 142 of Gospel lectionary with Menologion and Gospels for special se... more

Illuminated headpiece and initial from BL Harley 5598, f. 56

Illuminated headpiece and initial from BL Harley 5598, f. 56

Headpiece with geometric and foliate decoration and inscribed with title in display capitals, and illuminated initial. Image taken from f. 56 of Gospel lectionary with Menologion and Gospels for special service... more

Manuscript
Three poems from the “Later Collection of Japanese Poems” (Gosen wakashū), known as the “Karasumaru Fragment” (Karasumaru-gire)

Three poems from the “Later Collection of Japanese Poems” (Gosen wakas...

Traditionally attributed to Fujiwara no Sadayori (Japanese, 995–1045) Heian period (794–1185)

Three Poems from the “Later Collection of Japanese Poems” (Gosen wakashū), or “Shirakawa Fragment” (Shirakawa-gire)

Three Poems from the “Later Collection of Japanese Poems” (Gosen wakas...

Traditionally attributed to Monk Saigyō (Japanese, 1118–1190) Heian period (794–1185)

Jerome from BL Harley 2803, f. 1

Jerome from BL Harley 2803, f. 1

Miniature of Jerome writing at a desk with a small monk below, and the illuminated initial 'F'(rater) with foliate interlace and bands, at the beginning of Jerome's letter to Ambrose. Image taken from f. 1 of B... more

Illuminated initial from BL Eg 1139, f. 46v

Illuminated initial from BL Eg 1139, f. 46v

Illuminated initial 'D'(ominus) with a dragon. Image taken from f. 46v of Psalter (The 'Melisende Psalter') with canticles, prayers, and litany. Written in Latin.