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Xiiith Century Collection

Step back in time to the XIIIth century, a period of great historical significance and cultural richness

Background imageXiiith 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 imageXiiith 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 imageXiiith 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 imageXiiith 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 imageXiiith 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 imageXiiith Century Collection: 23rd International Eucharist Congress

23rd International Eucharist Congress
3785435 23rd International Eucharist Congress; (add.info.: 23rd International Eucharist Congress, Vienna, 12 - 15 September 1912 - advert (Internationaler eucharistischer Kongress Wien)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Edward II

Edward II
3789742 Edward II; (add.info.: Edward II, portrait. King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327. 25 April 1284 - 21 September 1327)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Ten-Armed Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha, 12th-14th centuries (cast bronze)

Ten-Armed Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha, 12th-14th centuries (cast bronze)
1068952 Ten-Armed Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha, 12th-14th centuries (cast bronze) by Indian School; 22.07x14.45x8.42 cm; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: King John

King John
3789735 King John; (add.info.: John, King of England, portrait. Reigned from 1199 until 1216. 24 December 1166 - 18/19 October 1216)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Madonna and Child (marble)

Madonna and Child (marble)
3527200 Madonna and Child (marble) by Arnolfo di Cambio (c.1245-1310); (add.info.: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Firenze)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: History of Paper: Paper trading in Samarkand

History of Paper: Paper trading in Samarkand
3787664 History of Paper: Paper trading in Samarkand; (add.info.: History of Paper: Paper trading in Samarkand ( Uzbekistan), 13th century

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Henry III

Henry III
3789738 Henry III; (add.info.: Henry III, also known as Henry of Winchester, portrait. King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine from 1216 until his death)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: King John

King John
3790417 King John; (add.info.: John, King of England, portrait. Reigned from 1199 until 1216. 24 December 1166 - 18/19 October 1216)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Signing of the Magna Carta

Signing of the Magna Carta
3789843 Signing of the Magna Carta; (add.info.: Signing of the Magna Carta or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: The Children's Crusade, 1212 (colour litho)

The Children's Crusade, 1212 (colour litho)
978004 The Children's Crusade, 1212 (colour litho) by Skinner, Edward Frederick (1865-1924); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Children's Crusade, 1212)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Edward II

Edward II
3789740 Edward II; (add.info.: Edward II, portrait. King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327. 25 April 1284 - 21 September 1327)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Henry III

Henry III
3789737 Henry III; (add.info.: Henry III, also known as Henry of Winchester, portrait. King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine from 1216 until his death)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Signing of the Magna Carta

Signing of the Magna Carta
3789839 Signing of the Magna Carta; (add.info.: Signing of the Magna Carta or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: King John

King John
3790386 King John; (add.info.: John, King of England, portrait. Reigned from 1199 until 1216. 24 December 1166 - 18/19 October 1216)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Vanished Civilizations: Incan Causeway

Vanished Civilizations: Incan Causeway
3787628 Vanished Civilizations: Incan Causeway; (add.info.: Vanished Civilizations: Incan Causeway. Inca Empire extended down West coast of South America from Peru)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Church of the Abbey of Sainte Genevieve

Church of the Abbey of Sainte Genevieve
3782164 Church of the Abbey of Sainte Genevieve; (add.info.: Church of the Abbey of Sainte Genevieve, front view. Founded by Clovis and rebuilt from the 11th to 13th Centuries)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Nativity, scene from The Breslau Psalter, f.16r, c.1255-67 (parchment, gold & ink)

Nativity, scene from The Breslau Psalter, f.16r, c.1255-67 (parchment, gold & ink)
8601275 Nativity, scene from The Breslau Psalter, f.16r, c.1255-67 (parchment, gold & ink) by German School, (13th century); 32.6x22.7 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Floris V, Count of Holland and Zeeland. (print)

Floris V, Count of Holland and Zeeland. (print)
7420022 Floris V, Count of Holland and Zeeland. (print) by Rochussen, Charles (1824-94) (after); (add.info.: Floris V, Count of Holland and Zeeland, 1256 - 1296)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Marco Polo, 19th century (medal)

Marco Polo, 19th century (medal)
542203 Marco Polo, 19th century (medal) by Fabris, Antonio (19th century); (add.info.: Marco Polo (1254-1324) Venetian traveller and merchant

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Dante Alighieri meets Beatrice, ca 1900 (postcard)

Dante Alighieri meets Beatrice, ca 1900 (postcard)
7422863 Dante Alighieri meets Beatrice, ca 1900 (postcard) by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-82) (after); (add.info.: Literature)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Ms 404 fol.3v Jesus walking on the water, 12th-13th century (vellum)

Ms 404 fol.3v Jesus walking on the water, 12th-13th century (vellum)
XIR155978 Ms 404 fol.3v Jesus walking on the water, 12th-13th century (vellum) by Armenian School; Armenian Cathedral and Museum, Julfa, Isfahan, Iran; (add.info.: Christ walking on the waters;)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Marco Polo's ship, 1909 (engraving)

Marco Polo's ship, 1909 (engraving)
3781494 Marco Polo's ship, 1909 (engraving) by Yule, Henry (1820-89) (after); (add.info.: Marco Polo's ship. Engraving from The Book of Ser Marco Polo, c. 1299)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Portrait of Marco Polo, 1857 (litho)

Portrait of Marco Polo, 1857 (litho)
BAL76609 Portrait of Marco Polo, 1857 (litho) by Dolfino, (19th century); Biblioteca Nazionale, Turin, Italy

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294220 Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245; statue of Robert Peel)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: View of the church and the Priest's House from the terrace at Brympton d'Evercy

View of the church and the Priest's House from the terrace at Brympton d'Evercy
CLF310465 View of the church and the Priest's House from the terrace at Brympton d'Evercy, from 100 Favourite Houses (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey (b/w photo) (see also 294192)

Interior of Westminster Abbey (b/w photo) (see also 294192)
CLF294192 Interior of Westminster Abbey (b/w photo) (see also 294192) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245;)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Statues of eminent figures buried in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Statues of eminent figures buried in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294189 Statues of eminent figures buried in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294181 Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245; memorials to poets)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294177 Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245;); © Country Life

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: The nave looking east, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) (see 294222)

The nave looking east, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) (see 294222)
CLF294224 The nave looking east, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) (see 294222) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of the North Transept, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Interior of the North Transept, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294201 Interior of the North Transept, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Inner doorway in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Inner doorway in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294200 Inner doorway in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245;); © Country Life

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Newstead Abbey, from 100 Favourite Houses (b/w photo)

Newstead Abbey, from 100 Favourite Houses (b/w photo)
CLF310433 Newstead Abbey, from 100 Favourite Houses (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: the priory church (on left)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Tombs in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Tombs in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294198 Tombs in Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245;); © Country Life

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey, looking towards the High Altar (b/w photo)

Interior of Westminster Abbey, looking towards the High Altar (b/w photo)
CLF294197 Interior of Westminster Abbey, looking towards the High Altar (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: The castle block, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)

The castle block, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)
CLF320615 The castle block, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: founded by Maurice de Gaunt in 1229)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Entrance to the gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)

Entrance to the gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)
CLF320666 Entrance to the gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: The east gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)

The east gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo)
CLF320616 The east gatehouse, Beverston Castle, from Country Houses of the Cotswolds (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: founded by Maurice de Gaunt in 1229)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: The Cosmati Pavement, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

The Cosmati Pavement, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294180 The Cosmati Pavement, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245; Cosmati)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294210 Interior of Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info.: main part of present building begun by King Henry III in 1245;); © Country Life

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Interior of Westminster Abbey with statues of eminent figures buried there (b/w photo)

Interior of Westminster Abbey with statues of eminent figures buried there (b/w photo)
CLF294218 Interior of Westminster Abbey with statues of eminent figures buried there (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Monument to James Watt in St Paul's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)

Monument to James Watt in St Paul's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo)
CLF294217 Monument to James Watt in St Paul's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); (add.info)

Background imageXiiith Century Collection: Footed Bowl, late 1100s-early 1200s (fritware, pierced and underglaze painting)

Footed Bowl, late 1100s-early 1200s (fritware, pierced and underglaze painting)
XOS5886455 Footed Bowl, late 1100s-early 1200s (fritware, pierced and underglaze painting) by Iranian School, (12th-13th century); 9.8x18.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Iran)



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Step back in time to the XIIIth century, a period of great historical significance and cultural richness. Explore the world through the intricate details of the Hereford Mappa Mundi, a captivating world map that offers a glimpse into medieval cartography. Marvel at the regal beauty captured in the portrait of Queen Isabella of France, consort to King Edward I of England, showcasing her grace and power. Travel further east and witness Emperor Leon VI "The Wise" leading military campaigns against the Bulgarians, as depicted in an illuminated manuscript from the 12th century. Admire Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg and his wife Hedwig of Holstein in a vibrant lithograph that brings their noble presence to life. Immerse yourself in London's rich history with glimpses inside Westminster Abbey. Step into its hallowed halls adorned with statues honoring eminent figures who found their eternal rest within its sacred walls. Discover Poets Corner where literary giants have been memorialized for centuries. As you wander through this magnificent abbey's interior, be captivated by its grandeur and solemnity captured beautifully in black-and-white photographs from different eras. From stunning views overlooking Brympton d'Evercy to breathtaking perspectives within Westminster Abbey itself, these images transport you back to a time when faith and art intertwined seamlessly. The XIIIth century was an era marked by exploration, political intrigue, artistic brilliance, and religious devotion. Let these visual hints guide you on a journey through time as you delve into this fascinating period that shaped our world today.