Miniature of Merlin building Stonehenge, from Wace, ‘Roman de Brut’, England, second quarter of the 14th century, Egerton MS 3028, f. 30r The British Library has a particular interest in Stonehenge, because it possesses the earliest known depiction of the monument, from a manuscript of Wace’s Roman de Brut, made in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. The mythical figure of Merlin is shown assembling one of the famous sarsen trilithons by placing a lintel on top of two standing…

Miniature of Merlin building Stonehenge, from Wace, ‘Roman de Brut’, England, second quarter of the 14th century, Egerton MS 3028, f. 30r The British Library has a particular interest in Stonehenge, because it possesses the earliest known depiction of the monument, from a manuscript of Wace’s Roman de Brut, made in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. The mythical figure of Merlin is shown assembling one of the famous sarsen trilithons by placing a lintel on top of two standing…

This image is taken from Leo Belgicus and shows a map in the shape of a lion. This was produced in Amsterdam between 1600 and 1750.

This image is taken from Leo Belgicus and shows a map in the shape of a lion. This was produced in Amsterdam between 1600 and 1750.

A dandellion illustration in a Dutch book from 1175.

A dandellion illustration in a Dutch book from 1175.

An ottoman miniature portraying the whale ejecting the prophet Jonah, from Turkey at the end of the 16th century.

An ottoman miniature portraying the whale ejecting the prophet Jonah, from Turkey at the end of the 16th century.

Victorian Health. Image: Washing the streets of Covent Garden to prevent the spread of Cholera, 1894

Victorian Health. Image: Washing the streets of Covent Garden to prevent the spread of Cholera, 1894

From the Digital Scholarship blog post 'Valentine's Day: The 19th Century Way'.

From the Digital Scholarship blog post 'Valentine's Day: The 19th Century Way'.

From the Asian and African Studies blog post 'Morbid Meditations in Thai Manuscript Art'. Image: Fragment of a manual of a Buddhist mystic (yogacavara) on meditation practices, including morbid meditations.

From the Asian and African Studies blog post 'Morbid Meditations in Thai Manuscript Art'. Image: Fragment of a manual of a Buddhist mystic (yogacavara) on meditation practices, including morbid meditations.

From the Asian and African Studies blog post 'New display of Southeast Asian manuscripts'.

From the Asian and African Studies blog post 'New display of Southeast Asian manuscripts'.

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Hidden Away'.

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Hidden Away'.

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Prepare to meet your doom'. Image: Detail of a miniature showing the punishment of cardinal sinners in Hell, from the ‘Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri, Italy (Tuscany), 1444-c. 1450.

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Prepare to meet your doom'. Image: Detail of a miniature showing the punishment of cardinal sinners in Hell, from the ‘Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri, Italy (Tuscany), 1444-c. 1450.

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