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Tristan et Iseut buvant le philtre d'amour. Miniature (1470) extraite du Livre de Lancelot du lac, de Gautier Map. (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.)

The conception of Merlin. Lancelot en prose (partie du), c. 1494, Inc. 1286, f8v, Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris.

Eggplants and their aphrodisiacal effects, Tacuinum Sanitatis, SN2644, folio 31v; 1385–1390.

Katherine Swynford: Katherine became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and their descendants were the Beaufort family, which played a major role in the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII, who became King of England in 1485, derived his claim to the throne from his mother Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was a great-granddaughter of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.

Detail of a miniature of Alexander exploring the ocean in a glass barrel, accompanied by a cat and a cock; in this version of the story, his unfaithful wife tries to murder him by cutting the cord connecting him with the ship, and it is by killing the cat (not a dog) that he is able to rise to the surface; from Le livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre, France (Paris), c. 1420, Royal MS 20 B. xx, f. 77v. (article by Nicole Eddy, British Library, click through)

Roman girls playing ball game from the Roman mosaic ‘Coronation of the Winner’ in Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy

Christine de Pizan, Book of the Queen. Detail of a miniature of ladies watching knights jousting, from 'Le Duc des vrais amants', Harley MS 4431, f. 150r