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The Bedford Book of Hours is an outstanding work of late medieval manuscript art. It was produced for the wedding of John, Duke of Bedford, to Anne of Burgundy on 13 May 1423. This page shows an illustration of the building of Noah's Ark. Books of hours were popular medieval texts that included prayers, psalms and often beautiful illustrations.

Erythraea writing. From Boccaccio, Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation c. 1400-25, French (Paris). British Library MS Royal 20 C V f. 32v

Detail of a miniature of cats, and a mouse; below, a miniature of a mouse feeding on eggs. Origin:England, S. (Salisbury?)

A grave, Add. 37049 f.32v, c15th | The British Library - Medieval Realms : Death

British Library, Harley 4431, f. 108v (‘Detail of a miniature of Hercules slaying Cerberus, and Theseus and Pirithous battling demons&...

Border in a medieval manuscript with a mermaid and merman. British Library Royal MS 10 E IV Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (t...

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A page from a thirteenth-century German Pentateuch ('the Duke of Sussex's German Pentateuch') includes a Star of David, symbol of Judaism, at the start of Deuteronomy; (Additional 15282 f.238). (British Library)

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