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Medieval Imaginations: Literature and Visual Culture in the Middle Ages

Medieval Imaginations: Literature and Visual Culture in the Middle Ages is a website created and maintained by the University of Cambridge's Faculty of English. The purpose of the site is to provide access to the "images corresponding to the main episodes dramatized in the English Mystery Plays, because these present the medieval view of human history from the Creation to the Last Judgement." This website is extremely well organized and provides multiple ways of finding images. The "Collection" link is one way to see some fantastic images with relative ease. Once you have chosen an image, you can view it with or without the applet. Viewing it with the applet allows you to zoom in and navigate in the image. Without the applet, the image quality is the same, but more detailed navigation is not possible. Another way to view images is by century, which can be accomplished by choosing "Timeline." Visitors can move around from the 12th-16th and once they have chosen a century, they will see a list of clickable images that correspond with the major works of literature of the century. The dates of the image and the medium of the visual (i.e. stained glass, manuscript, etc.) are also included. Visitors can also search via episodes of the English Mystery Plays by using the tool found in the middle of the home page. Once an episode chosen visitors will see, in chronological order, all the images related to that Mystery Play. If you want to read what story a Mystery Play tells, click on "Mystery Plays" at the bottom of the page. From there you can read the story, and also view all of its corresponding images.
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Date of Scout Publication 2008-10-03
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