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Illuminated Manuscripts

The British Library: The Illuminated Books of the middle ages; an account of the development and progress of the art of illuminati...

Merknight, 1486-1506 (top). Wild Men and a water-borne joust between grotesques, Flemish, about 1480 (bottom). British Library

Coat of Arms Held by a Woman and a Greyhound, Jean Fouquet, French, 1455

Nuns and monks playing a bat and ball game in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 264.

Sireaulx - Papirus (Carex riparia Curt. = laiche des rives) -- Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne, BNF, Ms Latin 9474, 1503-1508, f°109r

Riding A rabbit hound trained with A snail of prey of Guillaume Durand Pontifical, Avignon, before 1390 (Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r)

The Stockholm Codex Aureus This mid-eighth century illuminated manuscript was looted by a Viking army but later bought back by an English ealdorman called Aelfred, “by pure gold”. The little notes above and below the main, latin text, are Aelfred’s account in old English of the incident.

Scotland's oldest book - Edinburgh University. The Celtic Psalter is described as Scotland's Book of Kells. The pocket sized book of Psalms is housed at the University, where it went on display in 2009 for the first time. Created in the 11th century AD making it Scotland's oldest surviving book at 938 years old!

10 of the Oldest Known Surviving Books in the World

Three cats: sleeping, reaching into a bird cage, and lifting a mouse off a nest of eggs.13th. c. MS. Bodl. 764

detail Demon with a sinner in a headlock. Matfré Ermengau, Breviari d’amor et Lettre à sa soeur, 14th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 857,

Image of an item from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

Giovanni Boccaccio , Filocolo