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The 13th Century Collection

"The 13th Century: A Glimpse into Medieval Majesty" Step back in time to the enchanting 13th century, a period of grandeur and cultural richness

Background imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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)

Background imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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 imageThe 13th 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)

Background imageThe 13th Century Collection: The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph)

The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph)
7072633 The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph); Notre Dame, Paris, France; © Pascal Lemaitre. All rights reserved 2024.

Background imageThe 13th Century Collection: The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph)

The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph)
7072631 The facade of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, 2014 (photograph); Notre Dame, Paris, France; © Pascal Lemaitre. All rights reserved 2024.

Background imageThe 13th Century Collection: Timoleague Abbey, County Cork, Ireland, founded in 1240 (photo)

Timoleague Abbey, County Cork, Ireland, founded in 1240 (photo)
6436166 Timoleague Abbey, County Cork, Ireland, founded in 1240 (photo); (add.info.: The Franciscan Friary was founded in 1240.); Photo © Ken Welsh. All rights reserved 2024.



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"The 13th Century: A Glimpse into Medieval Majesty" Step back in time to the enchanting 13th century, a period of grandeur and cultural richness. This captivating era is beautifully captured in a series of remarkable images. Firstly, we are presented with a stunning portrait of Queen Isabelle of France, also known as Isabella of France. Her regal presence radiates through the centuries, showcasing her role as the esteemed queen consort to King Edward I of England. Moving on, an exquisite engraving introduces us to Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife Hedwig of Holstein. Their colorful lithograph portrays their noble lineage and offers a glimpse into their opulent lifestyle. As we venture further into this captivating century, we find ourselves immersed in the awe-inspiring interior of Westminster Abbey. The black-and-white photographs transport us to this sacred place where history unfolds before our eyes. From statues commemorating eminent figures buried within its hallowed walls to Poets Corner - a sanctuary for literary giants - every corner exudes reverence and artistic splendor. The breathtaking view from Brympton d'Evercy's terrace reveals not only a picturesque church but also the Priest's House nestled amidst nature's embrace. It serves as a reminder that even during medieval times, tranquility could be found amidst bustling civilizations. Returning once more to Westminster Abbey's interior, we witness its majestic nave stretching towards the east with an air of divine magnificence. The North Transept beckons us with its intricate details while inner doorways invite exploration into hidden realms within this architectural marvel. Finally, Newstead Abbey emerges from these cherished images as one among many favorite houses from that era. Its monochromatic photograph captures both its haunting beauty and historical significance - another testament to the allure that permeated life during the 13th century.