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Manuscript Leaf with Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, ca. 1320–42. Made in Bologna, Italy for Hungarian use.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day shows St Francis of Assisi receiving his stigmata. It seemed a good choice as the new pope chose the name Francis after this very saint. Image source: British Library MS Harley 3229. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

By Jean Bourdichon of Tours, The Annunciation from a Book of Hours, 1485–90, Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, Tours, France. (By Jean Bourdichon of Tours, the foremost illuminator to the court of France during the reigns of Louis XI, Charles VIII, Louis XII, and Francis I (1461–1547)).

Initial 'I'(n) with pen-flourishing, at the beginning of book 2 of Pseudo-Cicero's Rhetorica ad Herennium. Origin:Italy, N. E. (Veneto?, Venice?)

Detail of a historiated initial of a lover presenting his verses to a lady from a fifteenth-century Italian book of love sonnets; to the right is a small flaming heart, a symbol of burning love (Kings 322 f.1). (British Library)

Saint George Carlo Crivelli (Italian, Venice (?), active by 1457–died 1493 Ascoli Piceno)

Illuminated Manuscript, Book of Hours, Five Wounds of Christ, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.165, fol. 110v by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Detail of a miniature of Ceres sowing corn, in L'Épître Othéa (Le Codex Bodmer 49 contient l’« Epître d’Othéa » qui a été écrit par Christine de Pisan vers 1400). Cologny, Fondation Bodmer

The Beggar Who Professed His Love for a Prince: Folio from the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din Attar, dated A.H. 892 / A.D. 1487. Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.28)

Astronomical calendar, by Nicholas of Lynn, ca. 1324 / Sacred Geometry ♥

Quadragesima (Lent) Royal 6 E VII Author: James le Palmer Title Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus) Origin England, S. E. (London) Date c. 1360- c. 1375

Image from the Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Chaucer.