By Todd Durell
I ran across this website when I was looking for a woodcut illustration. Gode Cookery is a site devoted primarily to Medieval and Renaissance cooking, but it’s also gathered together over 200 images from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Medieval Woodcuts Clipart Collection includes illustrations of plants, birds, people, and decorative borders. The site also has pages for other image collections. There are over 300 illustrations of food-related topics, articles with woodcuts about mythical plants, and my personal favorite, the Fantastic Fish of the Middle Ages.
Homeschoolers could incorporate artwork from this site into a medieval history unit, print these images off for younger children to color, or for older children to use in reports. The site grants permission for you to copy images for noncommercial use.