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Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Full-page miniature of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock Image taken from f. 5 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar and rubrics in French.

Death from BL Harley 2936, f. 84

Death from BL Harley 2936, f. 84

Detail of a miniature of Death, at the beginning of Matins in the Office of the Dead. Image taken from f. 84 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Written in Latin.

Tudor Rose from BL Royal 11 E XI, f. 2

Tudor Rose from BL Royal 11 E XI, f. 2

Detail of an allegorical miniature of a bush of the Tudor rose incorporating a Latin poem celebrating the House of Tudor, with a scroll reading 'Salve, radix varios producens germine ramos, / Quos inter ramus s... More

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 22v

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 22v

Evangelist miniature of Luke; part of a programme of modernisation of an eighth-century Irish pocket Gospelbook, possibly carried out at Winchester or Canterbury, added to the volume in the tenth century. Image... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 130v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 130v

Decorated initial 'In'(principio), at the beginning of John. Image taken from f. 130v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52

Decorated initial 'M'(archus), at the beginning of the prologue to Mark. Image taken from f. 52 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 1

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 1

Text page with an initial 'N'(ovum), at the beginning of the Epistle of Jerome to Damasus. Image taken from f. 1 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 22v

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 22v

Evangelist miniature of Luke; part of a programme of modernisation of an eighth-century Irish pocket Gospelbook, possibly carried out at Winchester or Canterbury, added to the volume in the tenth century. Image... More

Interlace initial from BL Add 40618, f. 50

Interlace initial from BL Add 40618, f. 50

Interlace initial facing the Evangelist miniature of John. Image taken from f. 50 of Gospel Book, imperfect (Vulgate version, Irish textual family) (index New Testament, Bible). Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 128

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 128

Decorated initial 'J'(ohannes), at the beginning of the prologue to John. Image taken from f. 128 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 8

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 8

Decorated initial 'P'(ridu), at the beginning of a table of festivals. Image taken from f. 8 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

John from BL Add 40618, f. 49v

John from BL Add 40618, f. 49v

Evangelist miniature of John; part of a programme of modernisation of an eighth-century Irish pocket Gospelbook, possibly carried out at Winchester or Canterbury, added to the volume in the tenth century. Image... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52v

Decorated initial 'E'(stis), at the beginning of the capitula to Mark. Image taken from f. 52v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84

Decorated initial 'Q'(uoniam), with a display script, at the beginning of Luke. Image taken from f. 84 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 21v

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 21v

Evangelist miniature of Luke, depicted as an author, standing and holding his Gospelbook. This is the only extant original Evangelist miniature in this Irish pocket Gospelbook. Image taken from f. 21v of Gospel... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84

Detail of a decorated initial 'Q'(uoniam), with a display script, at the beginning of Luke. Image taken from f. 84 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Incipit of Luke's Gospel from BL Add 40618, f. 23

Incipit of Luke's Gospel from BL Add 40618, f. 23

The script is an eighth-century Irish minuscule. The original decorated initial has been erased (traces of its interlace can still be seen) and a 'modern' initial Q painted over it as part of a programme of mod... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 78v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 78v

Decorated initial 'L'(ucas), at the beginning of the prologue to Luke. Image taken from f. 78v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 15

Decorated initial 'Li'(ber) with a zoomorphic decoration, at the beginning of Matthew. Image taken from f. 15 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 55

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 55

Decorated initial 'I'(nitium evangelii), with a zoomorphic decoration and a display script, at the beginning of Mark. Image taken from f. 55 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 4v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 4v

Decorated initial 'M'(attheus), at the beginning of the prologue to Matthew. Image taken from f. 4v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

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.

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

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 5

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 5

Decorated initial 'G'(enerationem), at the beginning of the list of capitula. Image taken from f. 5 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 2v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 2v

Decorated initial 'P'(lures), at the beginning of Jerome's prologue to Matthew. Image taken from f. 2v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 21v

Luke from BL Add 40618, f. 21v

Evangelist miniature of Luke, depicted as an author, standing and holding his Gospelbook. This is the only extant original Evangelist miniature in this Irish pocket Gospelbook. Image taken from f. 21v of Gospel... More

Cuthbert praying in the sea from BL YT 26, f. 24

Cuthbert praying in the sea from BL YT 26, f. 24

Miniature of Cuthbert praying in the sea, while the spy watches him above; at the lower right, Cuthbert emerges from the sea to have his feet miraculously dried by otters, from Chapter 10 of Bede's prose Life o... More

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.

Calendar from BL Harley 3735, f. 10

Calendar from BL Harley 3735, f. 10

August in a calendarial table, in a treatise attributed to Robert Grosseteste 'Lincolniensis': Image taken from f. 10 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Large initial with knotwork motifs and animal heads from BL Harley 3020, f. 113

Large initial with knotwork motifs and animal heads from BL Harley 302...

Detail of a large initial 'F'(actum est) with knotwork motifs and animal heads. Image taken from f. 113 of History of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow, Life of Ceolfrid, Lives of Pope Calixtus I and other mar... More

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 74

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 74

Detail of a decorated initial 'I'(ntencio) at the beginning of Robert Grosseteste's De sphaera. Image taken from f. 74 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Harley 3735, f. 74

Detail from BL Harley 3735, f. 74

Detail of a decorated initial 'I'(ntencio) at the beginning of Robert Grosseteste's De sphaera. Image taken from f. 74 of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 59

Puzzle initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 59

Puzzle initial 'M'(inuciaru[m]) with pen-flourishing developing into a 'J-border', at the beginning of a treatise on vulgar fractions attributed to Johannes Anglicus. Image taken from f. 59 of Various calendari... More

Miraculous loaves from BL YT 26, f. 18

Miraculous loaves from BL YT 26, f. 18

Miniature of Cuthbert discovering three loaves of bread in a previously empty storehouse (a miracle from God in return for his kindness to a visiting angel), from Chapter 7 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. ... More

Aelfflaed meets Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 50v

Aelfflaed meets Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 50v

Miniature of the abbess Aelfflaed at the feet of Cuthbert; she is begging him for information and prophecy concerning her brother, king Ecgfrith, from Chapter 24 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken... More

Healing of a gesith's wife from BL YT 26, f. 58v

Healing of a gesith's wife from BL YT 26, f. 58v

Miniature of a priest ministering to the dying wife of a gesith with holy water blessed by Cuthbert, which heals her instantly, from Chapter 29 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 58v of Pr... More

Man falling from a tree from BL YT 26, f. 63v

Man falling from a tree from BL YT 26, f. 63v

Miniature of Cuthbert's vision of the soul of a man, who was killed by falling from a tree, being carried to heaven, from Chapter 34 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 63v of Prose Life of... More

Cuthbert blessing water from BL YT 26, f. 54

Cuthbert blessing water from BL YT 26, f. 54

Miniature of a man ministering to his ailing servant with holy water blessed by Cuthbert, from Chapter 25 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 54 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the... More

Detail from BL Arundel 222, f. 1

Detail from BL Arundel 222, f. 1

Decorated initial 'S'(anctissimo) at the beginning of Bede's life of Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 1 of Prose Vita sancti Cuthberti (ff. 1-34v), two miracles from the Historia ecclesiastica, De gestis pontificu... More

Ecgfrith visiting Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 51

Ecgfrith visiting Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 51

Miniature of Ecgfrith, king of the English, along with his bishop Trumwine, visiting Cuthbert at Lindisfarne, from Chapter 24 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 51 of Prose Life of Cuthber... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 13 A XI, f. 32v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 13 A XI, f. 32v

Decorated initial 'D'(e temporum), at the beginning of book 3 of Bede's De Temporum Ratione. Image taken from f. 32v of Miscellany works on Computus and astrology. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1915, f. 80v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1915, f. 80v

Zoomorphic initial 'V'(enit) with foliate motifs, at the beginning of book 3 of Zacharias Chrysopolitanus' In unum ex quatuor. Image taken from f. 80v of Various texts including Commentary on an 'In unum ex qua... More

Cuthbert welcomed by Boisil from BL YT 26, f. 16

Cuthbert welcomed by Boisil from BL YT 26, f. 16

Miniature of the young Cuthbert being welcomed and embraced by Boisil when arriving at Melrose Abbey, from Chapter 6 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 16 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extrac... More

Text page from BL Harley 3826, f. 71v

Text page from BL Harley 3826, f. 71v

Text page at the beginning of Abbo of St-Germain's ~Bella Parisiacae urbis~, book 3, with red initial and highlights. Image taken from f. 71v of Alcuin, De orthographia (ff.1-24v); Bede, De orthographia (ff. 2... More

Cuthbert healing a monk from BL YT 26, f. 71v

Cuthbert healing a monk from BL YT 26, f. 71v

Miniature of Cuthbert helping a monk who suffers from diarrhoea to enter his boat as he departs, from Chapter 38 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 71v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts ... More

Cuthbert speaking to Boisil from BL YT 26, f. 21

Cuthbert speaking to Boisil from BL YT 26, f. 21

Miniature of Cuthbert, lying in his sickbed, speaking to Boisil, from Chapter 8 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 21 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (H... More

Monks signalling Cuthbert's death from BL YT 26, ff. 74v-75

Monks signalling Cuthbert's death from BL YT 26, ff. 74v-75

Miniature of monks at Cuthbert's hermitage signalling with torches to the monks of Lindisfarne that Cuthbert is dead, from Chapter 40 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert; and a text page. Image taken from ff. 7... More

Miraculous loaves from BL YT 26, f. 18

Miraculous loaves from BL YT 26, f. 18

Miniature of Cuthbert discovering three loaves of bread in a previously empty storehouse (a miracle from God in return for his kindness to a visiting angel), from Chapter 7 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. ... More

Cuthbert's vision from BL YT 26, f. 64

Cuthbert's vision from BL YT 26, f. 64

Miniature of Cuthbert at a dining table, having a vision of a man whose soul was carried to heaven, from Chapter 34 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 64 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extract... More

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 50v

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 50v

Detail of a decorated initial 'O'(mnia) at the beginning of Johannes de Sacro Bosco's Algorismus. Image taken from f. 50v of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Calendar from BL Harley 3735, f. 6v

Calendar from BL Harley 3735, f. 6v

January in a calendarial table, in a treatise attributed to Robert Grosseteste 'Lincolniensis': Image taken from f. 6v of Various calendarial and computistical treatises. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Burn 310, f. 158

Detail from BL Burn 310, f. 158

Detail of decorated initial 'E'(go). Image taken from f. 158 of Historia Brittonum, Vita Gildae, and other Vitae. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial and diagrams from BL Arundel 332, f. 66

Decorated initial and diagrams from BL Arundel 332, f. 66

Decorated initial 'N' and diagrams illustrating the text of John Holywood. Image taken from f. 66 of Various theological and mathematical tracts, including the prose life of Cuthbert, incomplete (ff. 74-101v), ... More

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.

White vine initial from BL Harley 3046, f. 4

White vine initial from BL Harley 3046, f. 4

White vine initial 'I'(n explanati) in colours and gold, with a white vine border. Image taken from f. 4 of Sermons (index Homiliae). Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL YT 26, f. 7v

Decorated initial from BL YT 26, f. 7v

Decorated initial 'P'(rincipium), from Chapter 2 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 7v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (History of the English Church an... More

Decorated initial from BL Harley 6503, f. 1

Decorated initial from BL Harley 6503, f. 1

Decorated initial 'H'(ortaris). Image taken from f. 1 of Liber de viris illustribus, Chronica (index Greater Chronicle), and various other historical texts. Written in Latin.

Healing of a youth's eye from BL YT 26, f. 84v

Healing of a youth's eye from BL YT 26, f. 84v

Miniature of a monk healing the eye of a youth by touching it with hairs from Cuthbert's head, from Historia ecclesiastica, bk. iv, 32, in Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 84v of Prose Lif... More

Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 1v

Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 1v

Miniature of a monk (Bede?) kissing the feet of Cuthbert, from the preface to Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 1v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (Histor... More

Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon from BL YT 26, f. 30

Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon from BL YT 26, f. 30

Miniature of Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon, from Chapter 13 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 30 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (Histor... More

Decorated initial from BL Burn 310, f. 158

Decorated initial from BL Burn 310, f. 158

Decorated initial 'E'(go). Image taken from f. 158 of Historia Brittonum, Vita Gildae, and other Vitae. Written in Latin.

A crow bringing lard to Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 44

A crow bringing lard to Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 44

Miniature of a crow bringing lard to Cuthbert, in atonement for the crows carrying off straw from the house of his brethren, from Chapter 14 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 44 of Prose ... More

Coloured initial from BL Royal 13 C V, f. 5v

Coloured initial from BL Royal 13 C V, f. 5v

Following the numbered list of chapters (some of the numbers are visible through the parchment in the right-hand column), the start of the main text is introduced by a large red initial 'B' and opening words in... More

Death of Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 73

Death of Cuthbert from BL YT 26, f. 73

Miniature of a priest performing the last sacraments for Cuthbert as he lies on his deathbed, from Chapter 39 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 73 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from... More

Blank frame from BL YT 26, f. 9

Blank frame from BL YT 26, f. 9

Blank frame for a miniature, with the hindquarters of a horse on the left. Image taken from f. 9 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (History of the English Church and People). W... More

Decorated initial from BL Arundel 332, f. 66

Decorated initial from BL Arundel 332, f. 66

Decorated initial 'N' in the text of John Holywood. Image taken from f. 66 of Various theological and mathematical tracts, including the prose life of Cuthbert, incomplete (ff. 74-101v), 22 miracles of Cuthbert... More

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

Decorated initial from BL Harley 649, f. 2

Decorated initial from BL Harley 649, f. 2

Decorated initial 'P'(rimo). Image taken from f. 2 of Commentary on the Song of Songs, followed by other texts (ff. 2-104v); Commentary on Acts of the Apostles (ff. 105-152v); Commentary on Catholic Epistles (f... More

Cuthbert discovering a roof beam from BL YT 26, f. 45v

Cuthbert discovering a roof beam from BL YT 26, f. 45v

Miniature of Cuthbert miraculously discovering a roof beam for his church in the waves of the ocean, from Chapter 21 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 45v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extra... More

Historiated initial and border from BL Arundel 74, f. 2v

Historiated initial and border from BL Arundel 74, f. 2v

Illuminated border and Initial 'N'(octiam) with an unfinished drawing of a seated man (possibly Bede) writing at the desk holding a quill and a knife, and on the bar border, a quadruped (dragon?). Image taken f... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 13 C V, f. 2

Decorated initial from BL Royal 13 C V, f. 2

Decorated initial 'G'(lorisissimo), the ownership inscription of the Benedictine abbey of Saint Pater, Gloucester, and the Old Royal press-mark 'no. 965'. Image taken from f. 2 of Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 5 B VII, f. 2

Decorated initial from BL Royal 5 B VII, f. 2

Decorated initial 'D'(ebitor) with foliate motifs and, in the lower margin, the ownership inscription of the cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester. Image taken from f. 2 of Various religious works, includin... More

Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon from BL YT 26, f. 31v

Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon from BL YT 26, f. 31v

Miniature of Cuthbert extinguishing a fire set by a demon, from Chapter 14 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 31v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (Histo... More

Cuthbert and two monks praying from BL YT 26, ff. 10v-11

Cuthbert and two monks praying from BL YT 26, ff. 10v-11

Miniature of Cuthbert praying to God to change the winds beside the river Tyne; miniature of two monks at the monastery of Tynemouth praying for the safety of those blown away in a gale, from Chapter 3 of Bede'... More

Cuthbert digging with a monk from BL YT 26, f. 41

Cuthbert digging with a monk from BL YT 26, f. 41

Miniature of Cuthbert digging a water pit with a monk for his hermitage on the island of Farne, from Chapter 18 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 41 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts fr... More

Man being healed by shoes from BL YT 26, f. 80

Man being healed by shoes from BL YT 26, f. 80

Miniature of a man being healed by shoes belonging to Cuthbert, from Chapter 45 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 80 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (H... More

Cuthbert healing a girl from BL YT 26, f. 60

Cuthbert healing a girl from BL YT 26, f. 60

Miniature of Cuthbert anointing an ill girl with holy oil and healing her immediately, from Chapter 30 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 60 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Hi... More

Cuthbert building his hermitage from BL YT 26, f. 39

Cuthbert building his hermitage from BL YT 26, f. 39

Miniature of Cuthbert building his hermitage with the help of an angel on the island of Farne, from Chapter 17 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 39 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts fro... More

Cuthbert being elected bishop, and performing a healing miracle from BL YT 26, ff. 53v-54

Cuthbert being elected bishop, and performing a healing miracle from B...

Miniature of Cuthbert accepting the bishopric at a synod of fellow monks; miniature of a man ministering to his ailing servant with holy water blessed by Cuthbert, from Chapter 24 & 25 of Bede's prose Life of S... 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.

Seated scribe from BL YT 26, f. 2

Seated scribe from BL YT 26, f. 2

Miniature of a scribe writing at a desk (thought to be Bede), from the preface to Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 2 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (His... More

Decorated initial from BL Sloane 263, f. 2v

Decorated initial from BL Sloane 263, f. 2v

Decorated initial 'C'(um), at the beginning of Helperic's Astronomical treatise. Image taken from f. 2v of Astronomical treatises (ending imperfectly). Written in Latin.

Interlace initial from BL Harley 1117, ff. 3v-4

Interlace initial from BL Harley 1117, ff. 3v-4

Title page and interlace initial 'P'(rincipium) with animal heads and mask. Image taken from ff. 3v-4 of Lives of Cuthbert in prose (ff. 2-42v) and verse (ff. 45-62v), with services for Cuthbert, Benedict and G... More

Decorated initial from BL YT 26, f. 2v

Decorated initial from BL YT 26, f. 2v

Decorated initial 'D'(omino). Image taken from f. 2v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (History of the English Church and People). Written in Latin.

Cuthbert praying from BL YT 26, f. 10v

Cuthbert praying from BL YT 26, f. 10v

Miniature of Cuthbert praying to God to change the winds beside the river Tyne, from Chapter 3 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 10v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia ... More

Decorated initial from BL Harley 526, f. 28v

Decorated initial from BL Harley 526, f. 28v

Decorated initial 'H'. Image taken from f. 28v of Life of Bede. Written in Latin.

Cuthbert and Ecgfrith's widow from BL YT 26, f. 55v

Cuthbert and Ecgfrith's widow from BL YT 26, f. 55v

Miniature of Cuthbert and Ecgfrith's widow being shown the city walls and fountain, from Chapter 27 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 55v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Hist... More

Cuthbert with a dolphin from BL YT 26, f. 26v

Cuthbert with a dolphin from BL YT 26, f. 26v

Miniature of Cuthbert discovering a dolphin cut and prepared for cooking, from Chapter 11 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 26v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Eccle... More

Cuthbert healing a paralytic from BL YT 26, f. 83

Cuthbert healing a paralytic from BL YT 26, f. 83

Miniature of Cuthbert's arm emerging from his tomb to heal a paralytic who is praying before it, from Historia ecclesiastica, bk. iv, 31-32, in Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 83 of Prose... More

Cuthbert healing a child from BL YT 26, f. 62v

Cuthbert healing a child from BL YT 26, f. 62v

Miniature of Cuthbert healing a child ill with the plague, from Chapter 33 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 62v of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts from the Historia Ecclesiastica (Histo... 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

Cuthbert healing a man from BL YT 26, f. 61

Cuthbert healing a man from BL YT 26, f. 61

Miniature of Cuthbert healing an ill man, Hildemer the prefect, with bread that he had blessed, from Chapter 31 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert. Image taken from f. 61 of Prose Life of Cuthbert; extracts fr... More

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 27v

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3735, f. 27v

Detail of a decorated initial 'C'(ompotus) at the beginning of Johannes de Sacro Bosco's Computus. Image taken from f. 27v 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.

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

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

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 Latin.

The Sphere of the Sun from BL YT 36, f. 147

The Sphere of the Sun from BL YT 36, f. 147

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice in the sphere of the sun being greeted by Aquinas and Albertus Magnus, while ten other great intellectural authorities (the Doctors of the Church) are seated below, including Bed... More