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13 Century Collection

Step back in time to the 13th century, a period of great historical significance

Background image13 Century Collection: Hereford mappa mundi (world map)

Hereford mappa mundi (world map)
3849688 Hereford mappa mundi (world map) by Richard of Haldingham (Richard de Bello) (fl.c.1260-1305); 158x133 cm; (add.info.: Hereford mappa mundi (world map)

Background image13 Century Collection: King John signing Magna Carta, Runnymede, Surrey, 1215 (chromolitho)

King John signing Magna Carta, Runnymede, Surrey, 1215 (chromolitho)
6032036 King John signing Magna Carta, Runnymede, Surrey, 1215 (chromolitho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: King John signing Magna Carta, Runnymede, Surrey, 1215)

Background image13 Century Collection: Portrait of the Queen of England Isabelle of France (Isabella of France) (1295-1358)

Portrait of the Queen of England Isabelle of France (Isabella of France) (1295-1358), Queen consort of King Edward I)
ELD4843473 Portrait of the Queen of England Isabelle of France (Isabella of France) (1295-1358), Queen consort of King Edward I)

Background image13 Century Collection: The military campaigns led by the Byzantine Emperor Leon VI 'The Wise'(866-912)

The military campaigns led by the Byzantine Emperor Leon VI "The Wise"(866-912)
AIS5344072 The military campaigns led by the Byzantine Emperor Leon VI " The Wise" (866-912) against the Bulgarians in 894, miniature from " Synopsis historiarum", c.1126-1150

Background image13 Century Collection: Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife, Hedwig of Holstein (colour litho)

Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife, Hedwig of Holstein (colour litho)
3101038 Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife, Hedwig of Holstein (colour litho) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Otto IV)

Background image13 Century Collection: Historic Bedsteads (engraving)

Historic Bedsteads (engraving)
8627617 Historic Bedsteads (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Historic Bedsteads)

Rudolf I, aka Rudolf of Habsburg. Portrait. (print)
7419961 Rudolf I, aka Rudolf of Habsburg. Portrait. (print); (add.info.: Rudolf I, also known as Rudolf of Habsburg or Der Habsburger, 1218 - 1291)

Background image13 Century Collection: Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print)

Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print)
7420050 Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print); (add.info.: Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels)

Background image13 Century Collection: Detail of a sarcophagus, 13th century (stone relief)

Detail of a sarcophagus, 13th century (stone relief)
AIS5338017 Detail of a sarcophagus, 13th century (stone relief); Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Detail of a sarcophagus. Low relief sculpts, 13th Gothic art)

Background image13 Century Collection: The Mongol attack on Japan, 13th century (painting)

The Mongol attack on Japan, 13th century (painting)
AIS5377878 The Mongol attack on Japan, 13th century (painting); © Iberfoto.

Background image13 Century Collection: Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo)

Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo)
AIS5361663 Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo); Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France; (add.info.: Gothic architecture.); © Iberfoto.

Background image13 Century Collection: Details of the portal of the cathedral St Lawrence (photo)

Details of the portal of the cathedral St Lawrence (photo)
8766836 Details of the portal of the cathedral St Lawrence (photo) by Radovan (fl.1240); (add.info.: Details of the relief of the West portal of the cathedral of St)

Background image13 Century Collection: Gothic art: view of the choir of the Cathedrale Saint Caprais, 12th century Agen, Lot et Garonne

Gothic art: view of the choir of the Cathedrale Saint Caprais, 12th century Agen, Lot et Garonne
JEB4931878 Gothic art: view of the choir of the Cathedrale Saint Caprais, 12th century Agen, Lot et Garonne; (add.info.: Gothic art: view of the choir of the Cathedrale Saint Caprais)

Background image13 Century Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617830 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background image13 Century Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617829 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background image13 Century Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617827 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background image13 Century Collection: ASTRONOMY Geocentric system, 13th century (engraving)

ASTRONOMY Geocentric system, 13th century (engraving)
7272463 ASTRONOMY Geocentric system, 13th century (engraving); (add.info.: ASTRONOMY Geocentric system 'The Earth is immovable at the center of the Universe between the Sun)

The bright comet of July 1264
5310234 The bright comet of July 1264; (add.info.: Woodblock engraving depicting the bright comet of July 1264. Dated 15th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background image13 Century Collection: Possible monument of Gilbert Marshal, Earl of Pembroke

Possible monument of Gilbert Marshal, Earl of Pembroke
5304789 Possible monument of Gilbert Marshal, Earl of Pembroke.; (add.info.: Possible monument, in Reigate stone, of Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (1194-1241) at the Temple Church in London

Background image13 Century Collection: Bishops' Crosier of walrus tusk

Bishops' Crosier of walrus tusk
5304704 Bishops' Crosier of walrus tusk.; (add.info.: Bishops' crosier (staff) of walrus tusk, found with the bones of Bishop Pali Jonsson of Skalholt (d)

Background image13 Century Collection: Alfonso II (1185-1223) king of Asturias, 1463 (miniature)

Alfonso II (1185-1223) king of Asturias, 1463 (miniature)
AIS5332845 Alfonso II (1185-1223) king of Asturias, 1463 (miniature); Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Genealogia de los Reyes de Espana. 1463 Madrid)

The Annunciation, 1280s (watercolour on parchment)
FIA5634223 The Annunciation, 1280s (watercolour on parchment); Matenadaran, Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan

The Descent into Hell, 1287 (watercolour on parchment)
FIA5634212 The Descent into Hell, 1287 (watercolour on parchment); Matenadaran, Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan

Background image13 Century Collection: Iran: 'Minai' cup representing Vahram V Gour (the onager) (or Bahram Gur)

Iran: 'Minai' cup representing Vahram V Gour (the onager) (or Bahram Gur), Sassanid king of Persia on a camel
BEN5464268 Iran: 'Minai' cup representing Vahram V Gour (the onager) (or Bahram Gur), Sassanid king of Persia on a camel. 13th century ceramic

Background image13 Century Collection: Qubilai emperor of China hunting falcon, c.1470 (miniature)

Qubilai emperor of China hunting falcon, c.1470 (miniature)
BEN5464150 Qubilai emperor of China hunting falcon, c.1470 (miniature); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Qubilai (Kubilai Khan)

Costumes of the 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912593 Costumes of the 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Costumes of the 13th century. A prince and two knights swearing allegiance to a king, the investiture of a knight)

Costume of Konrad von Thuringen, died 1241, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912587 Costume of Konrad von Thuringen, died 1241, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Costume of Konrad von Thuringen, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, died 1241)

Background image13 Century Collection: Pious Image: Portrait of St. Anthony of Padua (Antonio di Padova, 1195-1231)

Pious Image: Portrait of St. Anthony of Padua (Antonio di Padova, 1195-1231)
FGL5491015 Pious Image: Portrait of St. Anthony of Padua (Antonio di Padova, 1195-1231) with the child Jesus in the arms gives bread to the poor

Background image13 Century Collection: Miniature representing Pope Gregory IX, born Ugolino di Conti (1145-1241)

Miniature representing Pope Gregory IX, born Ugolino di Conti (1145-1241)
BEN5472507 Miniature representing Pope Gregory IX, born Ugolino di Conti (1145-1241). Manuscript page 'Gregorius PP IX Decretalium libri Quinque, Cum Glosis', Book III

Background image13 Century Collection: Red jasper vase, 13th-14th century. Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Museo degli Argenti. 567

Red jasper vase, 13th-14th century. Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Museo degli Argenti. 567
BEN5474826 Red jasper vase, 13th-14th century. Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Museo degli Argenti. 567; Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; Photo © Raffaello Bencini.

Background image13 Century Collection: Ceramic flask lustre painted, hand made, 12th-13th century AD, Gorgan, glass and ceramics museum

Ceramic flask lustre painted, hand made, 12th-13th century AD, Gorgan, glass and ceramics museum, Tehran, Iran (photo)
5309222 Ceramic flask lustre painted, hand made, 12th-13th century AD, Gorgan, glass and ceramics museum, Tehran, Iran (photo); Photo © Stefano Baldini.

Background image13 Century Collection: Illustration depicting Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274) an Italian medieval Franciscan

Illustration depicting Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274) an Italian medieval Franciscan
5309208 Illustration depicting Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274) an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher; (add.info)

Background image13 Century Collection: 13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The entry of Christ into Jerusalem

13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The entry of Christ into Jerusalem
5306193 13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The entry of Christ into Jerusalem; Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background image13 Century Collection: 13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The visit of the three shepherds to the birth of

13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The visit of the three shepherds to the birth of Christ
5306158 13th century. Armenian Evangelical manuscript. The visit of the three shepherds to the birth of Christ; Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background image13 Century Collection: Medieval Christian Reliquary

Medieval Christian Reliquary
5304598 Medieval Christian Reliquary.; (add.info.: Medieval Christian Reliquary, from Iceland, 13th century, Gothic.); Universal History Archive/UIG.

The excommunication of Philip II August
7261200 The excommunication of Philip II August; Private Collection; (add.info.: The excommunication of Philip II August, King of France (1180-1223) by Pope Innocent III

Inside, the tomb (cenotaph, recumbent) of Saint-Omer, 13th century
7242600 Inside, the tomb (cenotaph, recumbent) of Saint-Omer, 13th century; Basilique Notre Dame, Saint-Omer, France; (add.info.: Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre-Dame)

Courtyard and trees of the Thoronet Abbey
7125793 Courtyard and trees of the Thoronet Abbey; (add.info.: Courtyard and trees of the Thoronet Abbey. Abbey church Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Thoronet Abbey. The Abbey church
7125790 Thoronet Abbey. The Abbey church; (add.info.: The Thoronet abbey. The Abbey church. Bell tower, apse and cemetery. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Thoronet Abbey. The Abbey church
7125788 Thoronet Abbey. The Abbey church; (add.info.: The Thoronet abbey. The Abbey church. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Thoronet Abbey. The cloister
7125783 Thoronet Abbey. The cloister.; (add.info.: The Thoronet Abbey. The cloister. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Thoronet Abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister
7125778 Thoronet Abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister; (add.info.: The Thoronet abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Thoronet Abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister
7125776 Thoronet Abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister; (add.info.: The Thoronet abbey. Pillar openings of the cloister. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Eastern arcade of The Cloister of the Thoronet Abbey
7125766 Eastern arcade of The Cloister of the Thoronet Abbey; (add.info.: Eastern arcade of The Cloister of the Thoronet Abbey)

Garden of the Thoronet Abbey
7125761 Garden of the Thoronet Abbey; (add.info.: Garden of the Thoronet Abbey. Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century)

Background image13 Century Collection: Map showing the Empire of Jengis Khan, or Genghis Khan, at his death, 1227, 1936

Map showing the Empire of Jengis Khan, or Genghis Khan, at his death, 1227, 1936
7125150 Map showing the Empire of Jengis Khan, or Genghis Khan, at his death, 1227, 1936; (add.info.: Map showing the Empire of Jengis Khan, or Genghis Khan, at his death, 1227)

holy chassis XII-13th century (wood, ivory and champleved enamels on golden copper)
7110419 holy chassis XII-13th century (wood, ivory and champleved enamels on golden copper); Cathedral of St. Etienne, Sens, France; (add.info.: holy chassis XII-XIII wood)

holy chassis XII-13th century (wood, ivory and champleved enamels on golden copper)
7110414 holy chassis XII-13th century (wood, ivory and champleved enamels on golden copper); Cathedral of St. Etienne, Sens, France; (add.info.: holy chassis XII-XIII wood)



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Step back in time to the 13th century, a period of great historical significance. Explore the world through the intricate details of the Hereford mappa mundi, a fascinating world map that offers glimpses into ancient civilizations and distant lands. In this era, royalty reigned supreme, as depicted by the regal Portrait of Queen Isabelle of France. As Queen consort to King Edward I, she played an influential role in shaping England's history. Witness epic military campaigns led by Byzantine Emperor Leon VI "The Wise" against the Bulgarians. This captivating miniature from "Synopsis historiarum" transports us to a time when empires clashed and borders were redrawn. Experience life among nobility with Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife Hedwig of Holstein. Their vibrant lithograph showcases their opulent lifestyle and gives us a glimpse into aristocratic society during this period. Journey to Westminster Abbey in London, where history comes alive within its hallowed walls. Step inside this magnificent church through black-and-white photographs that capture its grandeur and architectural splendor. Marvel at statues honoring eminent figures buried within Westminster Abbey's sacred grounds. Poets Corner pays tribute to literary giants who left an indelible mark on English literature for generations to come. Immerse yourself further into Westminster Abbey's beauty as you explore its interior spaces - from the nave looking east to the tranquil North Transept. These images transport us back in time, allowing us to witness firsthand the spiritual sanctuary that has stood strong for centuries. The 13th century was an era filled with remarkable artistry, political intrigue, and religious devotion - all encapsulated within these captivating visuals. Join us on this journey through time as we uncover stories woven into each image from this extraordinary period in history.