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Omne Bonum

Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio) is a 14th-century encyclopedia compiled in London. It is known as the earliest work of this kind where the topics are arranged in alphabetical order. The work is unfinished, containing only one entry each under the letters N to Z.
It survives in four volumes in the manuscripts and was composed and written by James le Palmer (?1327-1375) between c. 1360-1375. The encyclopedia includes more than 650 illustrations of four illustrators.
It was acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster between 1542 and 1666 and was presented to the British Museum in 1757.
Head of Christ from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 16v
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Iudex (judge) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 345

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(udex) of a judge. Image taken from f. 345 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Iudei (Jews) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 341

Detail of a historiated initial 'I'(udei) of three Jews. Image taken from f. 341 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Etas (Age) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 67v

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(tas) of children playing with toys and catching butterflies. Image taken from f. 67v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Expositus (Abandoned child) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 104v

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(xpositus) of a cleric addressing a man and a woman, and another woman placing a child outside a city gate. Image taken from f. 104v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Habitus (Clerical clothing) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 197

Detail of an historiated initial 'H'(abitus) of six tonsured clerics in two groups, one with secular dress and swords. Image taken from f. 197 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Hereticus (Heretic) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 200

Detail of a historiated initial 'H'(ereticus) of scholars discussing with heretics (Jews?). Image taken from f. 200 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Machometus (Machomet) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 443

Historiated initial 'M'(achometus) of Machomet preaching. Image taken from f. 443 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Honores (Honours) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 216

Detail of an historiated initial 'H'(onores) of a canonist lecturing kneeling people. Image taken from f. 216 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Vana gloria (Vain glory) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 516

Historiated initial 'V'(ana) of a woman and a man with an open chest filled with treasure, with the instruction for an illuminator reading 'sit hic…' next to the initial. Image taken from f. 516 of Omne Bonum (... more

Eucharistia (Eucharist) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 70

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(ukaristia) of a priest giving communion to a sick man in bed. Image taken from f. 70 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Gula (Gluttony) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 195

Historiated initial 'G'(ula) of a glutton vomiting into a bowl with two other men. Image taken from f. 195 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Fama (Reputation) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 108v

Detail of an historiated initial 'F'(ama) of three clerics addressing a group of seated men, one holding a rosary. Image taken from f. 108v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Lex (legis) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 434v

Detail of a historiated initial 'L'(ex) of a judge with two boys. Image taken from f. 434v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Tabelliones (Notaries) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 514

Detail of a historiated initial 'T'(abelliones) of a scribe writing a charter beginning with 'in dei nimi[n]e / Amen', with the instruction for an illuminator reading 'sit hic…'. Image taken from f. 514 of Omne... more

Iesus (Jesus) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 232v

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(hc) of Christ and a kneeling man. Image taken from f. 232v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Gaudium (Joy) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 179

Historiated initial 'G'(audium) of the resurrected Christ at the tomb, with two angels. Image taken from f. 179 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 178v

Text page with marginal drawings of human heads. Image taken from f. 178v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Fratres mendicantes (Mendicant friars) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 154

Historiated initial 'F'(ratres) of pope giving charters to representatives of three mendicant Orders, Dominican, Carmelite, and Franciscan. Image taken from f. 154 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 394v

Text page with pen-flourished initials Image taken from f. 394v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Kalende (Kalends) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 394v

Historiated initial 'K'(alendarium) of a cleric at a desk. Image taken from f. 394v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 153v

Text page with two marginal drawings of men. Image taken from f. 153v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Filius (son) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 142

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(ilii) of Christ and the devil, each with a group of children. Image taken from f. 142 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Excommunicatio (Excommunication) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 75v

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(xcommunicatio) of a priest excommunicating a group of people by raising a candle. Image taken from f. 75v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Electio (Episcopal election) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 19

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(lectio) of canons electing a bishop by giving him a mitre. Image taken from f. 19 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Ecclesia (The Church) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 2v

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(cclesia) of the pope enthroned. Image taken from f. 2v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Ebrietas (Drunkenness) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 1

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'( superfluctate) of drunkards. Image taken from f. 1 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Esau from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 66v

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(sau) of Esau building the city of Edom. Image taken from f. 66v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Papa (Pope) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 493

Detail of a historiated initial 'P'(apa) of king and emperor kneeling before the pope with the instruction for an illuminator reading, 'rex p[a]p[a] imp[er]ator', in the upper margin. Image taken from f. 493 of... more

Ymagines (Images) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 531

Detail of a historiated initial 'Y'(maginum) of an altar with statues of the Crucifixion with Mary and John, with the instruction for the illuminator reading 'Fia[n]t ymagi[n]es sup[er] / altare', next to the i... more

Iacob (Jacob) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 225

Detail of an historiated initial 'I' of Judith Holofernes and praying Israelite. Image taken from f. 225 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Ficus (Fig-tree) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 129v

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(ici) of Christ and the fig-tree. Image taken from f. 129v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Fortitudo (Fortitude) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 151

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(ortitudo) of a man fighting with a lion. Image taken from f. 151 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Imperator (Emperor) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 243v

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(mperator) of a man kneeling before an enthroned emperor. Image taken from f. 243v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Fletus sive Flere (Crying, or to Mourn) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 145v

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(letus) of a bier and mourners. Image taken from f. 145v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Nebuchadnezzar from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 489

Detail of a historiated initial 'N'(abegodenosor) of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, with the instruction for an illuminator next to initial, reading, 'Sit hic rex et arbor…'. Image taken from f. 489 of Omne Bonum (Jac... more

Gula (Gluttony) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 195

Detail of a historiated initial 'G'(ula) of a glutton vomiting into a bowl and two other men. Image taken from f. 195 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Maria Mater Dei Virgo (Virgin Mary Mother of God) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 487v

Detail of a historiated initial 'M'(aria) of the Annunciation following the instruction for an illuminator reading 'salut[acio]' in the lower margin. Image taken from f. 487v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Wr... more

Xpc (Christ) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 523v

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(actum) of the Virgin and Child and the bowing palm tree. Image taken from f. 523v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Xpc (Christ) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 526v

Detail of a historiated initial 'X'(pc) of Christ as a king with the instruction for an illuminator reading, 'Sedeat christus…', next to the initial. Image taken from f. 526v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Wr... more

Lex (Law) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 434v

Detail of a historiated initial 'L'(ex) of a judge with two boys, following an instruction 'judex cum famulis' in the lower margin. Image taken from f. 434v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Iuramentum (Oath) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 367v

Detail of a historiated initial 'I'(uramentum) of a bishop and a man swearing on a book held by another man. Image taken from f. 367v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Katerina (Catherine) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 395v

Detail of a historiated initial 'K'(aterina) of the martyrdom of Catherine. Image taken from f. 395v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Lac (Milk) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 404

Detail of a historiated initial 'L'(ac) of a woman milking a goat and a mother feeding her baby. Image taken from f. 404 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Maioritas (Superiority) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 452v

Detail of a historiated initial 'M'(aioritas) of a pope enthroned, following an instruction 'Papa' in the lower margin. Image taken from f. 452v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Gabriel from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 176

Detail of a historiated initial 'G'(abriel) of Gabriel and the Devil. Image taken from f. 176 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Mandata Dei (Commandements of the Lord) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 462v

Detail of a historiated initial 'M'(andata) of Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law, with the instruction for an illuminator above the initial reading 'Moyses sup[er] mo[n]t[em]. Image taken from f. 462v of O... more

Xpc (Christ) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 523

Detail of a historiated initial 'X'(pc) of the Nativity of Christ. Image taken from f. 523 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Quadragesima (Lent) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 500

Detail of a historiated initial 'Q'(uadragesima) of priest hearing confession, with a guide letter 'q' next to the initial. Image taken from f. 500 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Xpc (Christ) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 518

Detail of a historiated initial 'X'(pc) of Christ in Majesty. Image taken from f. 518 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Ius (Law) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 387v

Detail of a historiated initial 'I'(us) of a man holding scales. Image taken from f. 387v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Maria Mater Dei Virgo (Virgin Mary Mother of God) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 479

Detail of a historiated initial 'M'(aria) of the Virgin Mary with the instruction for an illuminator reading 'Maria i[n]/ cu[m] sole et luna sub pedib[us]', in the upper margin. Image taken from f. 479 of Omne ... more

Maria Mater Dei Virgo (Virgin Mary Mother of God) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 484v

Detail of a historiated initial 'M'(aria) of the Assumption, following the instruction for an illuminator reading 'assumpcio reverte foliu[m]', in the lower margin. Image taken from f. 484v of Omne Bonum (Jacob... more

Iudicium (Judgement) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 359v

Detail of a historiated initial 'I'(udicium) of the Last Judgement. Image taken from f. 359v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Instrumentum sive Carta (Written instrument, or charter) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 296

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(nstrumentum) of a man giving a written document to a lawyer. Image taken from f. 296 of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Fornicacio (Fornication) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 150

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(ornicacio) of a man and a woman embracing. Image taken from f. 150 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Fideiussor (Guarantor) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 134v

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(ideiussor) of three men before a lawyer. Image taken from f. 134v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Sacerdotes (Priests) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 506v

Detail of a historiated initial 'S'(acerdos) of two priests. Image taken from f. 506v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Iudicium (Judgement) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 356v

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(udicium) of five judges and three plaintiffs. Image taken from f. 356v of Omne Bonum (Jacob-Zacharias). Written in Latin.

Emptio (Buying) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 54v

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(mpcio) of one man buying a cow from another. Image taken from f. 54v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Fabula (Talk, gossip) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 106

Detail of a historiated initial 'F'(abula) of a man talking and pointing at a group of people. Image taken from f. 106 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Expositus (Abandoned child) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 104v

Detail of a historiated initial 'E'(xpositus) of a swaddled child outside a city gate. Image taken from f. 104v of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Hereticus (Heretic) from BL Royal 6 E VII, f. 200

Detail of a historiated initial 'H'(ereticus) of scholars discussing with heretics (Jews?). Image taken from f. 200 of Omne Bonum (Ebrietas-Humanus). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 151

Text page. Image taken from f. 151 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Anulus (ring) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 104

Historiated initial 'S'(sponsus) of a man placing a ring on a woman's finger. Image taken from f. 104 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Benedict and Paul from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 15v

Historiated initial 'A'(lio) of Benedict witnessing the soul of Germanus being taken up to heaven; historiated initial 'D'(octor) of the Vision of Paul in Damascus. Image taken from f. 15v of Omne Bonum (Absolu... more

Anetum (Anise) and Anciptiter (Bird of pray) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 107v

Historiated initial 'A'(netum) of a man holding a flower and an historiated initial 'A'(ncipiter) of a man holding a bird. Image taken from f. 107v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Bellum (war) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 183v

Detail of a historiated initial 'U' of a battle. Image taken from f. 183v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Adulterium (Adultery) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 61

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(dulterium) of a man and a woman in bed. Image taken from f. 61 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Abusiones seculi et claustri (Wordly and claustral abuses) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 27

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(busiones) of monks hawking. Image taken from f. 27 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Clerici (Clerics) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 301

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(lericus) of a bishop blessing four clerics with faces covered with spots. Image taken from f. 301 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Arena (Sand) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 148v

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(rena) of a builder trying to hold up a house built on sand. Image taken from f. 148v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Cometa (Comet) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 340v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(ometa) of a man pointing at a comet. Image taken from f. 340v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Divinacio (Divination) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 535v

Detail of a historiated initial 'D'(ivinacionum) of a magician and devils. Image taken from f. 535v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Color (Colour) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 329

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(olor) of an artist mixing colours. Image taken from f. 329 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Clerici (Clerics) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 296v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(lericus) of a group of clerics and a group of concubines pointing to an infant in a cradle. Image taken from f. 296v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Abusiones seculi et claustri (Wordly and claustral abuses) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 27

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(busiones) of monks hawking. Image taken from f. 27 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Dentes (Teeth) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 503v

Detail of a historiated initial 'D'(entes) of a dentist extracting teeth of a seated man. Image taken from f. 503v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Constellacio (Constellation) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 396v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(onstellacio) of an astrologer observing the sky, and the devil in a circle. Image taken from f. 396v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Crux (Cross) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 447v

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(rux) of Helena holding the True Cross. Image taken from f. 447v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Coniugium (Marriage) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 375

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(oniugium) of a priest joining hands of a man and a woman. Image taken from f. 375 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Anulus (ring) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 104

Detail of an historiated initial 'S'(sponsus) of a man placing a ring on a woman's finger. Image taken from f. 104 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Paul from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 15v

Detail of a historiated initial 'D'(octor) of the Vision of Paul in Damascus. Image taken from f. 15v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Consecratio episcoporum and archiepiscoporum (Consecration of bishops and archbishops) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 387v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(onsecracio) of a consecration of a bishop. Image taken from f. 387v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Instruments of the Passion from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 15

Detail of miniatures representing the Instruments of the Passion; in the centre, miniatures of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Image taken from f. 15 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Apostata et Apostasia (Apostate and Apostasy) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 115

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(postate) of a tonsured ex-cleric, armed with a sword and a shield and his black habit on the ground, facing an abbot. Image taken from f. 115 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circum... more

Head of Christ from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 16v

Detail of a miniature of the Holy Face adored by angels and groups of men and women. Image taken from f. 16v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Alienacio (Alienation, transfer of property) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 77

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(lienacio) of two men standing by a table on which stand knives and vessels, representing alienation and the transfer of property. Image taken from f. 77 of Omne Bonum (Absol... more

Scenes of Creation from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 1v

Detail of a miniature of four scenes of Creation: 1. God creating the fish; 2. God creating the animals; 3. the Creation of Adam; 4. the Creation of Eve. Image taken from f. 1v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumc... more

Agere (to act) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 72

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(gere) of two men in front of a lawyer Image taken from f. 72 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Canon sive Canones (Canon or Canons) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 216v

Historiated initial 'C'(anones) of a pope holding a sealed document and a candle, and a cleric with an opened book and a bell, illustrating an excommunication during the 'Bell, book, and candle' ceremony. Image... more

Divinacio (Divination) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 535v

Historiated initial 'D'(ivinacionum) of a magician and devils. Image taken from f. 535v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Acceptione personarum (Receiving of people) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 36v

Historiated initiall 'I'(n acceptione) with people received by lawyers. Image taken from f. 36v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Castigare (to punish) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 214

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(astigatio) of a boy being beaten with birch rods. Image taken from f. 214 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Anulus (ring) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 104

Detail of an historiated initial 'S'(sponsus) of a man placing a ring on a woman's finger. Image taken from f. 104 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Cognacio (Spiritual kinship) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 317v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(ognacio) of godparents presenting an infant at a baptism, illustrating a spiritual kinship. Image taken from f. 317v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Alienum (Another person's property) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 79v

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(liena) of two men holding a coat. Image taken from f. 79v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Aer (Air) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 68

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(er) of a man pointing at a depiction of air, shown as a passage of wavy blue. Image taken from f. 68 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Antichrist from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 100v

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(ntechristus) of Antichrist seated on a rainbow, a parody of God seated on the rainbow, flanked by two men; each of the figures has a third eye in the centre of their forehea... more

Anglia (England) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 107

Historiated initial 'A', and an historiated initial 'A'(nglia) of the king of England with a sword and a herald holding a sceptre, and a shield with the arms of England (France and England quarterly). Image tak... more

Anglia (England) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 107

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(nglia) of the king of England with a sword and a herald holding a sceptre, and a shield with the arms of England (France and England quarterly). Image taken from f. 107 of O... more