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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints from BL Add 29902, f. 7b, f. 7b

Saints from BL Add 29902, f. 7b, f. 7b

A historiated initial 'B' of two saints. Image taken from f. 7b of Cutting from a choir book. Written in Latin.

Full border and Illuminated initial from BL Burn 292, f. 9

Full border and Illuminated initial from BL Burn 292, f. 9

Illuminated initial 'I'(nterea) with red, green, and blue interlace; a full border of white vine scroll, with putti engaged in various activities, such as playing musical instruments or climbing the vines, and ... More

Centaur from BL Harley 647, f. 12

Centaur from BL Harley 647, f. 12

Illustration of the Centaur. Image taken from f. 12 of Aratea, with extracts from Hyginus's Astronomica in the constellation figures. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medi... More

David from BL Harley 2804, f. 3v

David from BL Harley 2804, f. 3v

Detail of a miniature of David playing a harp, surrounded by musicians playing bells, a cithar, a horn, and a rebec. Image taken from f. 3v of Bible (the 'Worms Bible'), Psalms-Acts 16:17, imperfect. Written in... More

Full border from BL Harley 5269, f. 2

Full border from BL Harley 5269, f. 2

Full border with foliate and knotwork motifs and heraldic devices in medallions, including mermaids, crossed strigils on a silver shield , and a bearded man in profile. Image taken from f. 2 of Pharsalia (index... More

Salamanders from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 68v

Salamanders from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 68v

Detail of a miniature of a man being slain by salamanders. Image taken from f. 68v of Bestiary, and various theological texts, e.g., Isidore of Seville, Imago Mundi. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript C... More

Resurrection from BL Royal 2 B XIII, f. 14v

Resurrection from BL Royal 2 B XIII, f. 14v

Miniature of the Resurrection, with a foliate initial 'I'(n) with a partial border. Image taken from f. 14v of Gospel Lectionary (volume two of Royal 2 B XII, which contains an Epistle Lectionary). Written in L... More

Princes from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Princes from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Detail of a miniature of the angelic personifications of Princes. Image taken from f. 6v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written ... More

Dragon from BL Sloane 4016, f. 38

Dragon from BL Sloane 4016, f. 38

Detail of a miniature of a dragon, labelled 'Drago magnus.' Image taken from f. 38 of Herbal. Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the devel... More

Illuminated initial and added border from BL Burn 132, f. 2

Illuminated initial and added border from BL Burn 132, f. 2

Illuminated white vine initial 'G'(allia), at the beginning of Caesar's De bello Gallico, with an added border incorporating a dragonfly and emblems of the Visconti family. Image taken from f. 2 of De bello gal... More

Nicholas IV of Ascoli from BL Harley 1340, f. 2v

Nicholas IV of Ascoli from BL Harley 1340, f. 2v

Miniature of the Franciscan pope, Nicholas IV of Ascoli. Image taken from f. 2v of Vaticinia de Pontificibus (index Prophecies of the Popes). Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection... More

Enyas from BL YT 13, f. 67v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Enyas from BL YT 13, f. 67v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Bas-de-page scene of the remorseful lady kneeling with hands folded in prayer, while Enyas, at the right, walks off with his greyhound, bidding her ‘good riddance’, with a caption beneath reading, 'Cy sen va li... More

Deposition from BL Harley 2982, f. 37v

Deposition from BL Harley 2982, f. 37v

Detail of miniature of the Deposition. Image taken from f. 37v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the British Li... More

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 106v

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 106v

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield bearing the arms of William d'Aubigny, earl of Arundel, with a caption reading 'Obiit Will[iam]us de abineto comes harundelie'; a drawing of two small crosiers referring t... More

Cat and mouse from BL Sloane 4016, f. 40

Cat and mouse from BL Sloane 4016, f. 40

Detail of a miniature of a cat and mouse. Image taken from f. 40 of Herbal. Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the development of British ... More

Man with astrolabe from BL Harley 4350, f. 31

Man with astrolabe from BL Harley 4350, f. 31

Historiated initial 'S'(pera) decorated with a cockerell head and a dragon head, containing a man holding an astrolabe, at the beginning of Jordanus de Nemore's De plana sphaera; geometrical diagram in the marg... More

Avarice from BL Add 27695, f. 8

Avarice from BL Add 27695, f. 8

Detail from a miniature with scenes of banking and usury: of a man taking money from a chest, pictured inside the Banco di San Giorgio, Genoa. Image taken from f. 8 of Cuttings from a Latin prose treatise on th... More

The Three Living and the Three Dead from BL Arundel 83, f. 127

The Three Living and the Three Dead from BL Arundel 83, f. 127

The Three Living and the Three Dead, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). Three living princes, on the left, encounter three corpses, on the right. Below is a Middle French poem describing the encounte... More

Grotesques from BL Harley 6563, ff. 71v-72

Grotesques from BL Harley 6563, ff. 71v-72

Marginal grotesques, arms, and a marginal painting of a mouse aiming a catapult at the following folio, and a marginal painting of a cat in a tower, throwing stones down upon attacking mice. Image taken from ff... More

Miniature from BL Burn 257, f. 137v

Miniature from BL Burn 257, f. 137v

Miniature, at the beginning of book 9 of Statius's Thebaid. Image taken from f. 137v of Thebais (index Thebaid), with the argumenta antiqua; Achilleis (index Achilleid). Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Harley 2493, f. 49

Initial from BL Harley 2493, f. 49

Initial 'M'. Image taken from f. 49 of Ab Urbe condita (index Codex Aginnensis). Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the British Library in Londo... More

Saints from BL Add 32058, f. 3 (b), f. 3 (b)

Saints from BL Add 32058, f. 3 (b), f. 3 (b)

Historiated initial 'E' with full-length figures of two saints, one of whom is holding a book. Image taken from f. 3 (b) of Cutting from a Gradual. Written in Latin.

Justinian and lawyers from BL Royal 10 E III, f. 269

Justinian and lawyers from BL Royal 10 E III, f. 269

Detail of a miniature of the emperor Justinian with a group of lawyers before him, at the beginning of book 12 of the Codex, 'De dignitatibus'. Image taken from f. 269 of Volumen parvum, with the glossa ordinar... More

Three Magi from BL YT 13, f. 91v

Three Magi from BL YT 13, f. 91v

Bas-de-page scene of the three Magi joining together, accompanied by three servants, with a caption reading, 'Cy encuntreren[t] ense[m]ble li .iii roys par vertu del esteile'. Image taken from f. 91v of Book of... More

Map of the world from BL Royal 14 C IX, ff. 1v-2

Map of the world from BL Royal 14 C IX, ff. 1v-2

Miniature of the map of the world, at the beginning of Ranulf Higden's Polychronicon. Image taken from ff. 1v-2 of Polychronicon. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal C... More

Book VIII from BL Add 23144, ff. 4-6, f. 5

Book VIII from BL Add 23144, ff. 4-6, f. 5

Miniature illustrating the Code of Justinian, Book VIII.1: Concerning Interdicts: Since you say that the roots of trees situated and growing in the neighbouring garden of Agathangelus threaten the foundations o... More

Peacock from BL Royal 1 E V, f. 5

Peacock from BL Royal 1 E V, f. 5

Detail of a marginal painting of a peacock among flowers, from the lower margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 5 of Gospels of Luke and John in the Vulgate and Erasmian (~Novum Instrumentum~) versions. Writt... More

Image from BL Harley 1585, f. 45

Image from BL Harley 1585, f. 45

Image taken from f. 45 of Medical miscellany of a pharmacopeial compilation, including a herbal and bestiary illustrating the pharmocopeial properties of animals (see Notes). Written in Latin. The "BL Harley M... More

Maiden and unicorn from BL Harley 3244, f. 38

Maiden and unicorn from BL Harley 3244, f. 38

Detail of the lower miniature, depicting a knight spearing a unicorn as it rests in a maiden's lap. Image taken from f. 38 of Theological miscellany, including the Summa de vitiis (see Notes for contents). Writ... More

Musician from BL Harley 4951, f. 297v

Musician from BL Harley 4951, f. 297v

Detail of a musician playing a viol, representing the second musical mode. Image taken from f. 297v of Gradual of Saint-Etienne of Toulouse, including a tonary (a collection of chant melodies). Written in Latin... More

The Resurrection from BL Add 62106, f. 1

The Resurrection from BL Add 62106, f. 1

Inhabited initial 'D'(eus) of the Resurrection, with Christ seated holding a cross with an angel kneeling behind. Image taken from f. 1 of A leaf from a book of Hours (the 'Hungerford Hours') with a prayer and ... More

Field horsetail from BL Sloane 4016, ff. 44v-45

Field horsetail from BL Sloane 4016, ff. 44v-45

Miniature of the plant Hyppurius (field horsetail), on the left, with a man and a woman sitting on a bench in the middle labelled 'De homine sive de muliere experimenta', illustrating the effects of an aphrodis... More

Elephant from BL Sloane 4016, f. 50

Elephant from BL Sloane 4016, f. 50

Detail of a miniature of an elephant. Image taken from f. 50 of Herbal. Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the development of British muse... More

Rabbit and Hound from BL YT 15, f. 20

Rabbit and Hound from BL YT 15, f. 20

Detail of a hound chasing a rabbit in the lower border of the folio. Image taken from f. 20 of Psalter and Hours, Use of Arras. Written in Latin, with some French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Britis... More

Illuminated initials from BL Harley 2934, f. 48

Illuminated initials from BL Harley 2934, f. 48

Text page with iluminated initials and a full foliate border. Image taken from f. 48 of Book of Hours, Use of Troyes. Written in Latin, with some French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of me... More

Men making barrels from BL YT 30, f. 9

Men making barrels from BL YT 30, f. 9

Detail of a roundel of men making barrels, on the page for August in the Calendar. Image taken from f. 9 of Book of Hours ('The Hours of Laudomia de' Medici'). Written in Latin. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928... More

Peacock from BL Harley 2900, f. 55

Peacock from BL Harley 2900, f. 55

Detail of a miniature of a peacock from the right-hand margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 55 of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieva... More

Flouished initials and marginalia from BL Burn 315, f. 13

Flouished initials and marginalia from BL Burn 315, f. 13

Flourished initials 'P' and 'C' in red ink, and marginalia of a pointing hand and hybrid creature on a page of Remi of Auxerre's Commentary on Donatus. Image taken from f. 13 of In Donatum minorem commentarius,... More

The earth from BL Eg 843, f. 23

The earth from BL Eg 843, f. 23

Miniature of the earth in a circle, with personifications of the four cardinal points. Image taken from f. 23 of Tractatus de sphaera (index De sphera); Hippocras, De Contemptu Mundi; Astronomical treatises, et... More

Foliate border from BL Add 21412, ff. 4, 45-65, f. 59

Foliate border from BL Add 21412, ff. 4, 45-65, f. 59

A section of foliate border with a bar of burnished gold decorated with a vase, leaves, flowers and bezants, measuring 360 x 40 mm (at right of image). Image taken from f. 59 of Cutting from service books of Po... More

Painting an image in a shrine from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 209v

Painting an image in a shrine from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 209v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man on a ladder painting an image in a shrine, with a church behind him and a devil on the right-hand side of the page. Image taken from f. 209v of Decretals of Gregory IX wit... More

May from BL Stowe 17, f. 7 - Public domain medieval manuscript

May from BL Stowe 17, f. 7 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Calendar page for May, with a man and a woman taking a bath in a tub, and a marginal painting of a bird with a fish. Image taken from f. 7 of Book of Hours, Use of Maastricht ('The Maastricht Hours'). Written i... More

Plants from BL Sloane 4016, f. 3v

Plants from BL Sloane 4016, f. 3v

Miniatures of plants and a scorpion. Image taken from f. 3v of Herbal. Written in Latin. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a physician and naturalist who played a crucial role in the development of British museu... More

Memento Mori from BL Add 39636, ff. 5-8, 11-12, 30-32, f. 6

Memento Mori from BL Add 39636, ff. 5-8, 11-12, 30-32, f. 6

Historiated initial 'D' of a Memento Mori, measuring 125 x 110. On the reverse, partial four-line stave, musical notation and text: '..antur'. Image taken from f. 6 of Cuttings from a Gradual. Written in Latin.

Diagram from BL Royal 15 B IX, f. 10

Diagram from BL Royal 15 B IX, f. 10

Diagram with decorated bands. Image taken from f. 10 of De institutione musica; a miscellany of works on geometry, astronomy and mathematics. Written in Latin; Hebrew (f. 78). The BL Royal Manuscript Collectio... More

Peter Comestor from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 3

Peter Comestor from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 3

Detail of an historiated initial 'R'(everendo) of Peter Comestor, at the beginning of the preface. Image taken from f. 3 of Historia scholastica (The 'Ashridge Petrus Comestor'). Written in Latin. The BL Roya... More

Manticore from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 29v

Manticore from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 29v

Miniature of a manticore. Image taken from f. 29v of Bestiary, and various theological texts, e.g., Isidore of Seville, Imago Mundi. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Roya... More

Dragon from BL YT 13, f. 187 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Dragon from BL YT 13, f. 187 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Bas-de-page scene of a large green winged dragon, roaring and facing left. Image taken from f. 187 of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum ('The Taymouth Hours'). Written in Latin and French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838... More

Commission from Andrea Gritti to Stefano Trevisan from BL Add 20916, f. 4, f. 4

Commission from Andrea Gritti to Stefano Trevisan from BL Add 20916, f...

Miniature in colours and gold, of a foliate border with medallions containing the winged lion of Mark, Francis of Assisi and Jerome, Nicholas of Bari and Stephen, and the Trivisan arms in a cartouche suspended ... More

Eucharistia (Eucharist) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 70

Eucharistia (Eucharist) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 70

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(ukaristia) of a priest giving communion to a sick man in bed. Image taken from f. 70 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, ... More

Detail of colophon from BL Eg 630, f. 198v

Detail of colophon from BL Eg 630, f. 198v

Detail of colophon: 'Explicit Register beati Gregorij pape urbis Rome. Quem scripsit frater johannes dictus toussens monaschus de camberone'. Image taken from f. 198v of Register of letters (ff. 7v-198v), with... More

Fleur-de-lys and Florence from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 12v-13

Fleur-de-lys and Florence from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 12v-13

Text with three fleur-de-lys in the margin, in different colours; miniature of the personification of Florence as a woman with arms folded across her chest. Image taken from ff. 12v-13 of Address in verse to Ro... More

Harrowing of Hell from BL King's 5, f. 21

Harrowing of Hell from BL King's 5, f. 21

Centre miniature of the Harrowing of Hell. Image taken from f. 21 of Biblia Pauperum (a typological picture book). Written in Latin.

Guthlac sails to Crowland from BL Harley Roll Y.6, Roundel 3

Guthlac sails to Crowland from BL Harley Roll Y.6, Roundel 3

Roundel of Tatwin in a fishing boat, setting sail with Guthlac and taking him to Crowland. Image taken from Roundel 3 of Life of Guthlac (the 'Guthlac Roll') (index Vita Sancti Guthlaci). Written in Latin. The... More

Blessed Innocent from BL YT 5, f. 118v

Blessed Innocent from BL YT 5, f. 118v

Historiated initial 'D' of the Blessed Innocent in a bishop's mitre. Image taken from f. 118v of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Tilliot Hours'). Written in Latin. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Briti... More

Requiem Mass from BL King's 6, f. 106v

Requiem Mass from BL King's 6, f. 106v

Miniature of clerics reading; in the left margin, a skeletal figure holding a shovel; in the lower margin, Job on the dungheap, all set within an architectural frame, at the beginning of the Office of the Dead.... More

Virgin Mary from BL YT 13, f. 166v

Virgin Mary from BL YT 13, f. 166v

Bas-de-page scene of a woman falling from her horse, which stumbles, and the devil catching her wrist, but the Virgin Mary breaks the devil’s neck, with a caption reading, ‘Cy n[ost]re dame ru[m]pe le col dun d... More

Wind rose from BL Harley 3017, f. 128v

Wind rose from BL Harley 3017, f. 128v

Wind rose with the earth at the centre of the diagram. Image taken from f. 128v of A Carolingian miscellany of computational and astronomical texts and tables, including decennovenal (19-year) cycles (ff. 3v-8)... More

Mouse and mole from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 37

Mouse and mole from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 37

Miniatures of a mouse and a mole. Image taken from f. 37 of Bestiary, and various theological texts, e.g., Isidore of Seville, Imago Mundi. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as t... More

Richard I from BL Royal 20 A II, f. 8

Richard I from BL Royal 20 A II, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of Richard I enthroned, holding a sword, with three Christian heads and three Saracen heads on either side of his throne. Image taken from f. 8 of Drawings with various inscriptions, disti... More

Salamander from BL Harley 3244, f. 63

Salamander from BL Harley 3244, f. 63

Miniature of a salamander and other reptiles. Image taken from f. 63 of Theological miscellany, including the Summa de vitiis (see Notes for contents). Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a ... More

Text pages from BL Royal 15 C XI, ff. 161v-162

Text pages from BL Royal 15 C XI, ff. 161v-162

Text pages. Image taken from ff. 161v-162 of Comedies; Etymologiae (lib. 1: 21). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of over 2,000 manuscripts tha... More

Eye from BL Sloane 981, f. 68 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Eye from BL Sloane 981, f. 68 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Diagram of the seven tunics and three humours of the eye and the skull, labelled for the conjunctiva, cornea, uvea, albugineus (aqueous) humor, tunica aranea (interior capsule of the lens), cystalline humor or... More

Ram blowing a horn from BL Harley 5102, f. 50

Ram blowing a horn from BL Harley 5102, f. 50

Detail of an inhabited initial 'D', of a ram blowing a horn and holding a bell. Image taken from f. 50 of Psalter, with canticles (ff. 136v-139v). Written in Latin, with French in the gloss. The "BL Harley Man... More

Detail from BL Lansdowne 469, f. 1

Detail from BL Lansdowne 469, f. 1

Image taken from f. 1 of Nova Statuta (index Statutes of England, Statuta Angliae, Statute book), from 1 Edward III to 3 Henry V (c.1387 - 1422). Written in Latin.

Gula (Gluttony) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 195

Gula (Gluttony) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 195

Detail of a historiated initial 'G'(ula) of a glutton vomiting into a bowl and two other men. Image taken from f. 195 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, als... More

Thomas Becket from BL Harley 2982, f. 13v

Thomas Becket from BL Harley 2982, f. 13v

Detail of a miniature of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket of Canterbury. Image taken from f. 13v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval ma... More

Stags from BL Royal 12 F XIII, f. 19

Stags from BL Royal 12 F XIII, f. 19

Miniature of stags and snakes, and stags at a stream. Image taken from f. 19 of Bestiary (ff. 3-141), Lapidary (ff. 141v-149). Written in Latin and French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the... More

Vultures from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 38v

Vultures from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 38v

Detail of a miniature of vultures. Image taken from f. 38v of Bestiary, and various theological texts, e.g., Isidore of Seville, Imago Mundi. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as... More

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