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Illustration from an C11th Anglo-Saxon history book.

BBC - Primary History - Vikings - Who were they?

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.

The Morgan Library & Museum: Miracles in Miniature is now on view! We particularly love the Prayer Book that measures a mere 2 ¾ by 2 inches but includes an amazing 132 miniatures:

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,

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 292 Evangeliarium (incomplete) Lorsch (?) Or Liège (?), 2 Quarter or mid-11th Century

Illustration to a Bible Historiée et Vie des Saints Spencer Collection Ms. 022 folio 14 New York Public Library, France, circa 1390

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

Stephan Schreiber's late gothic pattern book was produced in Urach in the (now) state of Baden-Württemberg in South-West Germany in 1494. It was dedicated to Count Eberhard (Eberhard the bearded, later first Duke) of Württemberg.

Giovanni Boccaccio , Filocolo

Adoration of the Magi. Berthold Sacramentary, in Latin. Illuminated by the Master of the Berthold Sacramentary. Germany, Weingarten Abbey, ca. 1215, 293 x 204 mm

Horae ad usum Parisiensem. Date d'édition : 1475-1500

Horae ad usum Parisiensem. Date d'édition : 1475-1500

Boethius: De arithmetica, De musica   c. 1350

BnF - La légende du roi Arthur. Aventure intérieure autant que spirituelle, la quête du Graal devient, après Chrétien de Troyes, l'un des thèmes majeurs des romans arthuriens. De nombreux textes en vers reprennent ce motif.

Medieval Cats: A Procession of Cats. Bodleian Library, Oxford From a mid-13th century manuscript.

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephan Schriber, c.1494. Selected pages from the Spätgotisches Musterbuch des Stephan Schriber, a manuscript which appears to be some kind of sketchbook, belonging to a 15th century monk working in South-West Germany, where ideas and layouts for illuminated manuscripts were tried out and skills developed. #art #illustration #painting

The Hague, KB. Book of Hours (use of Rome), Southern Netherlands; c. 1500-1510

Agincourt, Monstrelet Chronicle, VGGF 2 74r