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Middle Ages Collection

"Exploring the Middle Ages: A Journey Through Time" Step into history with a glimpse of the Middle Ages, an era filled with captivating tales and remarkable achievements

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s

Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s
Marco Polo leaving Venice on his journey to China, 1338. Color lithograph reproductioin of a manuscript: Bod. Misc. 264

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: EXPL2A-00352

EXPL2A-00352
The Hereford Mappa Mundi of 1280 - Jerusalem is at the center, Europe lower left, Africa lower right. Printed color halftone reproduction 19th century

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages

Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Medieval scribe writing at a desk, surrounded by open manuscripts. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Antique map of Britain under the Anglo Saxons

Antique map of Britain under the Anglo Saxons

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval urine wheel

Medieval urine wheel. Labelled in Latin, this 15th century diagram shows some of the possible colours of urine (outer edge of circle) to help doctors diagnose urine-related diseases

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Map of England in 1066

Map of England in 1066
England at the time of the Norman conquest, 1066-1081. Color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest

Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest
Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D. Color lithograph reproduction of part of the Bayeux tapestry

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Map of Britain in 597 AD

Map of Britain in 597 AD
Map of territory controlled by Celts, Picts, Anglos, Saxons, and other tribes in Britain in 597 AD. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork

Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork
Celestial mechanics. Coloured historical artwork depicting a medieval pilgrim looking out from the sky (blue) to see the mechanics of the heavens (upper left)

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval Spain and Portugal map

Medieval Spain and Portugal map
Map of the Iberian Peninsula in the 1300s and 1400s. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval Europe at the start of the Crusades

Medieval Europe at the start of the Crusades
Map of Europe at the time of the First Crusade, 1097 AD. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Fyvie castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

Fyvie castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Lindisfarne Gospels page

Lindisfarne Gospels page
Beginning of the Book of Luke, Lindisfarne Gospels, 1100s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval English shield designs

Medieval English shield designs
Shields of English knights and barons, painted during the reign of Edward III. Lithograph reproduction

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Gutenbergs printing press, 1450s

Gutenbergs printing press, 1450s
Gutenberg and Fust with the first printing press, Germany, 1450s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Beowulf manuscript page

Beowulf manuscript page
Page from the Old English manuscript of " Beowulf" in the British Museum. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Viking ship at sea

Viking ship at sea
Norsemen at sea following their raven pilot. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Catalan Atlas, 14th century

Catalan Atlas, 14th century. The 6-page Catalan Atlas (1375) was produced on vellum by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: England in the Ninth Century

England in the Ninth Century
An antique map from 1875 showing the different kingdoms of England in the 9th century

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415

Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415
English army on the morning of battle at Agincourt, Hundred Years War, 1415. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Barga, Italy

Barga, Italy
Barga. View from the mediaeval Tuscan town of Barga across the Serchio river valley, towards the summit of Pania Secca (1171 metres) in the Apuan Alps, Italy

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Map of Palestine, 1588

Map of Palestine, 1588
16th century map of Palestine. North is towards upper right. Published in 1588, this German map shows the geography of Palestine, centred on the area that later become the state of Israel

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval castle

Medieval castle
Knights entering a castle in the Middle Ages. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Nottingham Castle in the 1500s

Nottingham Castle in the 1500s
Nottingham Castle overlooking the surrounding countryside in the 1500s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Map of Europe, 1600

Map of Europe, 1600
16th century map of Europe. Published in Sienna in 1600, this Italian map shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Viking raid under Olaf I

Viking raid under Olaf I
Viking raid along the English Channel led by Olaf Tryggvason, 900s AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Knights of medieval Germany

Knights of medieval Germany
German knights in armor from 1300, 1315, and 1360. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Tower of London in the late Middle Ages

Tower of London in the late Middle Ages
London during the time of Henry VII (1457-1509). Color lithograph reproduction of an illuminated manuscript: Roy 16F, ii

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Angevin kings holdings in France and Britain

Angevin kings holdings in France and Britain
British Isles and France under the Angevins, 1100s-1400s. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Belgium, West Flanders (Vlaanderen), Bruges (Brugge)

Belgium, West Flanders (Vlaanderen), Bruges (Brugge). Medieval guild houses and restaurants on Markt square at dusk

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Digitally colored engraving

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Mideast map during the Crusades

Mideast map during the Crusades
Map of the Middle East at the time of the Crusades. Printed color lithograph

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Medieval knight on horseback

Medieval knight on horseback
Knight on horseback shaking his fist defiantly, England. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century John Gilbert painting

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Map of England and France, 1154

Map of England and France, 1154
England and France at the accession of Henry II, 1154. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Celtic bronze swords

Celtic bronze swords
Bronze swords of the Celts, found in Ireland. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration of artifacts

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney islands, Scotland, UK

St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney islands, Scotland, UK

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Haghpat Monastery complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Haghpat, Lori Province, Armenia

Haghpat Monastery complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Haghpat, Lori Province, Armenia

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Illustration of two knights competing in a medieval jousting tournament

Illustration of two knights competing in a medieval jousting tournament

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: World map by Martin Behaim, 1492, wood engraving, published 1884

World map by Martin Behaim, 1492, wood engraving, published 1884
World map by Martin Behaim, 1492. Woodcut engraving from my archive, published in 1884

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: 17th century city, plan of Augsburg, Germany

17th century city, plan of Augsburg, Germany
Typical fortifications and references. Rich in details, beautifully aged paperPublished by J. Stockdale, Piccadilly 1800

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Knights Templar are on a mission to collect relics for their nation

Knights Templar are on a mission to collect relics for their nation

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Trepanation, 14th century artwork

Trepanation, 14th century artwork
Trepanation. 14th century artwork of a doctor using a hammer and scalpel to perform a surgical operation known as trepanation

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: PROY2A-00017

PROY2A-00017
Map of Europe in the time of Charlemagne, 768-814 AD. Printed color lithograph, 19th century

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Arab empire, mid-700s

Arab empire, mid-700s
Empire of the Arab Caliphs, middle of the 8th century. Printed color lithograph

Background imageMiddle Ages Collection: Ladies in Florence during the Renaissance

Ladies in Florence during the Renaissance
Noble ladies of Florence during the early 1400s. Antique hand-colored print



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"Exploring the Middle Ages: A Journey Through Time" Step into history with a glimpse of the Middle Ages, an era filled with captivating tales and remarkable achievements. From Al-Idrisi's world map in 1154 to an antique map showcasing Britain under the Anglo Saxons, these artifacts transport us back to a time of great exploration and discovery. Delve into the intriguing aspects of daily life during this period as you encounter fascinating relics such as the medieval urine wheel, which reveals insights into medical practices of that time. Marvel at the intricate illustrations found in the Book of Kells, like St. Matthew brought to life on its pages, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and devotion. The Bayeux Tapestry takes center stage as it portrays one of history's most significant events – the Norman Conquest. This masterpiece offers a visual narrative that captivates audiences even today. Travel through England in 1066 using an ancient map that highlights key locations during this pivotal year. Or journey further north to Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland – a majestic fortress standing tall since medieval times. Witness how Britain looked in 597 AD through another historical map or explore Medieval Europe at the dawn of Crusades when faith and conflict intertwined across nations. Venture beyond European borders with Marco Polo leaving Venice in the 1300s – embark on his legendary travels along trade routes that connected civilizations far and wide. Discover Medieval Spain and Portugal through yet another enchanting map – uncover their rich cultural heritage shaped by diverse influences throughout centuries. As we immerse ourselves in these remnants from long ago, let us appreciate how they offer glimpses into humanity's past struggles, triumphs, artistry, and resilience. The Middle Ages continue to intrigue us with their complexities while reminding us of our shared human experience across time.