Cat king, Germany, circa 1450.
Scheibler’sches Wappenbuch – BSB Cod.icon. 312c
Medieval manuscripts are littered with images of cats – sharing their owner’s dinner, keeping them company, and even cosplaying as nuns.
One page fragment was found in West Germany in a shop adjacent to stalls selling spiced wine and cuckoo clocks in a busy Christmas market.
Piecing together the mystery of medieval chant books means studying hand-made objects from centuries ago.
A low aerial view of Monte Cassino Abbey, south-east of Rome, after the February 1944 bombing.
(Wikimedia Commons/The Imperial War Museum)
In 1944, the former archbishop of Canterbury mounted a case to preserve the Italian abbey, renowned for centuries for scholarship and devotion, but Allied forces had just destroyed it.
Physician letting blood from a patient. Attributed to Aldobrandino of Siena: Li Livres dou Santé. France, late 13th Century.
British Library, London, UK
A handful of manuscripts remain which give researchers valuable insights into medieval science.
Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
Hotly-contested debates about the early or late canonisation of the Qur'an may be resolved by a recent discovery.
What can be read between the handwritten lines of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables manuscript?
Bibliothèque nationale de France
The handwritten manuscript of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables (1862) – from which the blockbuster stage show and numerous movies ultimately descend – has arrived at the State Library of Victoria (its…