From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

The British Library has made over 50 rare medieval manuscripts and early print editions, spanning 1,000 years of literary history, available for free on its Discovering Literature website.

Highlights include:

  • The single surviving manuscript of Beowulf, the longest epic poem in Old English
  • The earliest autobiography in English, The Book of Margery Kempe
  • The Wycliffite Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible in the English language
  • William Caxton’s pioneering illustrated print edition of The Canterbury Tales
  • The first work authored by a woman in English, Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love
  • The earliest work of theatre criticism in English, Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge
  • One of the greatest collections of Scottish medieval verse, the Bannatyne Manuscript from the National Library of Scotland

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NASA TV to Air Russian Spacewalk at the International Space Station

NASA TV to Air Russian Spacewalk at the International Space Station

cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station
Clad in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Aug. 22, 2013, during Expedition 36. On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, Misurkin will participate in the fourth spacewalk of his career.
Credits: NASA

Two veteran Russian cosmonaut spacewalkers will venture outside the International Space Station on Friday, Feb. 2, for a planned 6.5-hour station servicing session. Live coverage of the spacewalk will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 9:45 a.m. EST.

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Images of War, German Armour Lost on the Eastern Front, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

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This addition to the very popular Images of War series provides images of German tanks killed on the Eastern Front. The huge area of the Eastern Front made ideal country for massive tank battles and loses were equally enormous – Very Highly Recommended.


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Cold War, Dien Bien Phu, The First Indochina War, 1946-1954

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The publisher is achieving great success with this fascinating Cold War series and this volume covers the first Vietnam War lost by the French. The French lost a war they need not have lost and the US failed to learn the lessons – Very Highly Recommended.


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Cold War, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Thirteen Days on an Atomic Knife Edge, October 1962

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The publisher is achieving great success with this fascinating Cold War series and this volume covers the critical period of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Soviets greatly underestimated the resolve of the US and its allies, consequently suffering a humiliating if bloodless defeat – Very Highly Recommended.


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The Great War Illustrated, The Home Front. Seeing It Through: Arras and Passchendale

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The publisher has produced a very large number of ‘centenary books’ to mark the hundred years since the Great War, with this series being an important and popular contribution. Within the series this new book is a worthy addition. The First World War was really the third global conflict, but the first to introduce total industrial carnage – Very Highly Recommended.


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