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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

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

The Evangelist St. Luke - miniature, medieval manuscript

The Evangelist St. Luke - miniature, medieval manuscript

Public domain reproduction of illuminated book page, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description. St. Mark was a disciple of St. Peter and is believed to have accompanied him on his missi... 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

Stela of the Lady of the House, Tabiemmut

Stela of the Lady of the House, Tabiemmut

Public domain photograph of 3d object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

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

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.

The martyrdom of St. James the Less: he is stoned and beaten to death

The martyrdom of St. James the Less: he is stoned and beaten to death

Public domain reproduction of illuminated manuscript page, 14ht-15th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

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).

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

initial from "Il Castello di Milano sotto il dominio degli Sforza MCCCLMDXXXV. [With plates.] pt. 1"

initial from "Il Castello di Milano sotto il dominio degli Sforza MCCC...

This image has been taken from scan 000324 from "Il Castello di Milano sotto il dominio degli Sforza MCCCLMDXXXV. [With plates.] pt. 1". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, ... More

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton Advertising - Vintage American Trade Card

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton Advertising - Vintage American Trade Car...

Public domain photograph of American trade card, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

David sees Bathsheba bathing from a window of his palace

David sees Bathsheba bathing from a window of his palace

Public domain reproduction of illuminated manuscript page, 14th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

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

Bethrothal of Mary - miniature, medieval manuscript

Bethrothal of Mary - miniature, medieval manuscript

Public domain reproduction of illuminated book page, 14th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

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

Souls in Purgatory - miniature, medieval manuscript

Souls in Purgatory - miniature, medieval manuscript

Public domain reproduction of illuminated manuscript page, 14th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description. Purgatory is a concept in Roman Catholicism and some other Christian ... 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

Saint from BL Add 29902, ff. 1a-d, f. 1c

Saint from BL Add 29902, ff. 1a-d, f. 1c

A historiated and foliate initial 'A' with a medallion of pseudo-Oriental writing, of a saint preaching to a kneeling crowd. Image taken from f. 1c of Cuttings from a choir book.

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.

Genesis 22 from BL Or 2737, f. 92

Genesis 22 from BL Or 2737, f. 92

Full-page miniature of Abraham and Isaac riding on the ass followed by the two servants. Image taken from f. 92 of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Hispano-Moresque Haggadah'). Written in Hebrew.

flora from "Songs of the Master's Love. [With illuminated initial letters, etc.]"

flora from "Songs of the Master's Love. [With illuminated initial lett...

This image has been taken from scan 000058 from "Songs of the Master's Love. [With illuminated initial letters, etc.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users ... More

initial from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche"

initial from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche"

This image has been taken from scan 000279 from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's fl... More

initial from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche"

initial from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche"

This image has been taken from scan 000088 from "Storia della Cava, distinta in tre epoche". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's fl... More

Christ the Redeemer from BL YT 36, f. 178

Christ the Redeemer from BL YT 36, f. 178

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before Christ the Redeemer. Image taken from f. 178 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British coll... More

Un peuple est sans honneur, et mérite ses chaines Quand il baisse le front sons le sceptre des reines.

Un peuple est sans honneur, et mérite ses chaines Quand il baisse le f...

Print shows a nude woman pulling back the curtain to a tent to reveal a female figure or mermaid on a bed stabbing a king sitting in a chair; a bust of a satyr is at the head of the bed, and two-faced Justice s... More

Gaheriat and Guidan le Noir from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 187

Gaheriat and Guidan le Noir from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 187

Detail of a miniature of the combat between Gaheriat and Guidan le Noir, with a woman behind Gaheriat. Image taken from f. 187 of Lancelot du Lac. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also kn... More

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

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

Scenes from Exodus from BL Or 1404, f. 3v

Scenes from Exodus from BL Or 1404, f. 3v

Full-page miniature, upper register: Aaron's rod turning to a snake and swallowing the magicians' rod (Ex. 7:12), lower register: the first plague: blood. Image taken from f. 3v of Haggadah with commentary and ... 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

Illuminated initial from BL Eg 617, f. 164v

Illuminated initial from BL Eg 617, f. 164v

Detail of an illuminated initial 'T'(he) with an animal head, at the beginning of Hosea. Image taken from f. 164v of Bible, in the early Wycliffite version; Proverbs to Maccabees. Written in English. The Egert... 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

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

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