Category Archives: Medieval Manuscripts

Images from medieval illuminated manuscripts

Full fathom five thy father lies: the sea-nymphs of the medieval world

Regular readers of my blog will know that beautiful medieval illuminated manuscripts have long held a particular fascination with me. Created in the medieval period – with some manuscripts now 700/800 years old – the medieval world seemed to have … Continue reading

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Good Friday 2014

Today’s post is an image of The Crucifixion taken from the mortuary roll of Lucy de Vere. In the twelfth century, she founded the Benedictine nunnery of Castle Hedingham, North Essex and and was its first prioress. According to the … Continue reading

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Medieval December from the Macclesfield Psalter

Medieval December from the Macclesfield Psalter. ‘December’ from The Macclesfield Psalter, probably produced at Gorleston, East Anglia circa 1330 Gold & tempera on vellum, 17cm x 10.8cm, © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge If you want to read more about The … Continue reading

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November from the Macclesfield Psalter

On the first day of each month, to each person you greet, it is traditional to give a (small!) pinch and punch whilst you recite the above ditty.  At the end, you must say ‘and no returns’ or ‘white rabbits’ … Continue reading

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Bosworth Field: 22 August 1485

If you watched the recent BBC drama, The White Queen, and its bloody climax – the Battle of Bosworth Field – you would be forgiven for thinking that the battle took place during late autumn or even during early winter. … Continue reading

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Happy St Swithun’s Day

I have a typical English-person’s obsession with the weather.  After a cold, wet and dismal start to the summer in June, I am so pleased that since early July, we are now in the full glory of a hot sunny … Continue reading

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Medieval May from the Macclesfield Psalter

A few days late, but here’s Medieval May from the Macclesfield Psalter. ‘May’ folio 4r from The Macclesfield Psalter, probably produced at Gorleston, East Anglia circa 1330 Gold & tempera on vellum, 17cm x 10.8cm, © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge … Continue reading

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Happy April Fools Day!

To celebrate April Fools Day (and Easter Monday), here is Medieval April from the Macclesfield Psalter. ‘April’ folio 3v from The Macclesfield Psalter, probably produced at Gorleston, East Anglia circa 1330 Gold & tempera on vellum, 17cm x 10.8cm, © … Continue reading

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The cats of the Macclesfield Psalter

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I have often published in the past images of medieval animals and creatures – cats, dogs and snails – all from the British Library’s illuminated manuscripts. Today, … Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of March

It’s not often I start a blog with warning from a Shakespearean soothsayer, but today I shall because today is the Ides of March – the 15th day of March. The day on which, in 44BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated … Continue reading

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