medieval imaginations: literature & visual culture in the middle ages : From the recently rediscovered Macclesfield Psalter (c.1320-30) Opening carries the complete Psalm 94, and first few words of psalm 95 at the bottom of the right leaf.

medieval imaginations: literature & visual culture in the middle ages : From the recently rediscovered Macclesfield Psalter Opening carries the complete Psalm and first few words of psalm 95 at the bottom of the right leaf.

SUMER Is ICUMEN In, f.11v (Round) Music was a major part of secular and spiritual culture in the Middle Ages. The development of music and its notation - that is, the way it was written down - can be seen in many manuscript sources. The most famous example of medieval song in English is the rota, or round, ‘Sumer is icumen in’, illustrated in the manuscript below. This composition is from a volume of mid-13th century manuscripts, which probably originated from Reading Abbey. The piece…

Explore 'Large coloured initial and music notations for the medieval song 'Summer is icumen in', from a musical miscellany' on the British Library's The Middle Ages website

Dragon

View 'Miniature of a red dragon, from Peraldus's theological miscellany' on the British Library's The Middle Ages website

Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail), attributed to the Coëtivy Master, in the Consolation of Philosophy, about 1460–70

Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail), attributed to the Coëtivy Master, in the Consolation of Philosophy, about 1460 – 1470 late or

Image showing Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte D'Arthur'

Discover some of the finest poetry, prose and drama in the English language.

Alisoun wrote from 1373 - 1440. "Kempe had been described by critics as everything from a religious eccentric to a feminist icon, a literary genius and an early social reformer, but that "however we view her, there is no doubt that the work provides an invaluable insight into 15th-century urban life and into the religious practices of the period." She made many pilgrimages across Europe on foot, much the one described in the Canterbury Tales.

Margery Kempe, the first English autobiographer, goes online

Laying claim to being the first autobiography ever written in English, the "extraordinary" life story of the medieval mystic Margery Kempe, .

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Medieval Drama Acquired by the British Library'. Image: Mystère de la Vengeance by Eustache Marcadé, Bruges, c. 1465.

Detail of a miniature showing Vespasian suffering from leprosy and being examined in bed by two doctors (Add MS f.

Book of Hours, MS M.754 fol. 21r - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

Book of Hours, MS fol. - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

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