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Micah from BL Harley 2803, f. 274

Micah from BL Harley 2803, f. 274

Detail of an historiated initial 'V'(erbum Domini) depicting the prophet Micah holding a scroll, at the beginning of Micah. Image taken from f. 274 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesi... More

Ezekiel from BL Harley 2803, f. 229

Ezekiel from BL Harley 2803, f. 229

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(t) with a standing figure of Ezekiel with a scroll with foliate interlace and clasps at the beginning of Ezekiel. Image taken from f. 229 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index... More

Annunciation from BL Add 16914, f. a

Annunciation from BL Add 16914, f. a

Historiated and foliate full border with three medallions of half-length figures of God the Father, a saint writing and a prophet holding a scroll inscribed: 'ecce virgo conc(ipiet) et pa(riet filium)', with a ... More

Jacob wrestling with the angel from BL Royal 1 D X, f. 74v

Jacob wrestling with the angel from BL Royal 1 D X, f. 74v

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(xultate) of Jacob wrestling with the angel, at the beginning of Psalm 80. Image taken from f. 74v of Psalter (index Old Testament, Bible). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Ma... More

The Annunciation from BL Add 35254C

The Annunciation from BL Add 35254C

Historiated initial 'R' of the Annunciation in a mosaic-like frame. Image taken from Cutting from a Gradual (Sanctorale). Written in Latin. The Annunciation is a biblical event in which the angel Gabriel appea... More

Saints from BL Add 29902, f. 7b, f. 7b

Saints from BL Add 29902, f. 7b, f. 7b

A historiated initial 'B' of two saints. Image taken from f. 7b of Cutting from a choir book. Written in Latin.

Saints from BL Add 32058, f. 3 (b), f. 3 (b)

Saints from BL Add 32058, f. 3 (b), f. 3 (b)

Historiated initial 'E' with full-length figures of two saints, one of whom is holding a book. Image taken from f. 3 (b) of Cutting from a Gradual. Written in Latin.

Jerome and pope Damasus from BL YT 22, f. 1

Jerome and pope Damasus from BL YT 22, f. 1

Historiated initial 'F'(rater) with Jerome and pope Damasus, at the beginning of the Bible; ownership inscription : '82 Bibliotheca monasterii montis Sancti Eligii' in the lower margin. Image taken from f. 1 of... More

Memento Mori from BL Add 39636, ff. 5-8, 11-12, 30-32, f. 6

Memento Mori from BL Add 39636, ff. 5-8, 11-12, 30-32, f. 6

Historiated initial 'D' of a Memento Mori, measuring 125 x 110. On the reverse, partial four-line stave, musical notation and text: '..antur'. Image taken from f. 6 of Cuttings from a Gradual. Written in Latin.

Peter Comestor from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 3

Peter Comestor from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 3

Detail of an historiated initial 'R'(everendo) of Peter Comestor, at the beginning of the preface. Image taken from f. 3 of Historia scholastica (The 'Ashridge Petrus Comestor'). Written in Latin. The BL Roya... More

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

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. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, ... More

Blessed Innocent from BL YT 5, f. 118v

Blessed Innocent from BL YT 5, f. 118v

Historiated initial 'D' of the Blessed Innocent in a bishop's mitre. Image taken from f. 118v of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Tilliot Hours'). Written in Latin. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Briti... More

Man with astrolabe from BL Harley 4350, f. 31

Man with astrolabe from BL Harley 4350, f. 31

Historiated initial 'S'(pera) decorated with a cockerell head and a dragon head, containing a man holding an astrolabe, at the beginning of Jordanus de Nemore's De plana sphaera; geometrical diagram in the marg... More

Arthur from BL Add 38117, f. 73v

Arthur from BL Add 38117, f. 73v

Detail of an historiated initial 'O' of Arthur drawing the sword from the stone. Image taken from f. 73v of Joseph d'Arimathie (ff. 1-18), Le Livre de Merlin (ff. 18v-74), Suite de Merlin (ff. 74-226), ('the Hu... More

Historiated initial from BL Eg 3277, f. 52v

Historiated initial from BL Eg 3277, f. 52v

Text page with a bar border and an historiated initial 'N'(otus) of David killing the Syrians, at the beginning of Psalm 75. Image taken from f. 52v of Psalter, Use of Sarum ('The Bohun Psalter and Hours'), imp... More

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

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. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection... More

Malachi from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 239v

Malachi from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 239v

Detail of an historiated initial 'O'(nus) of Malachi with a scroll reading 'in quo dilexisti nos', and Israelites and God with a scroll reading 'Dilexi vos'. Image taken from f. 239v of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Gre... More

Elizabeth Elstob - A woman with curly hair and a letter c

Elizabeth Elstob - A woman with curly hair and a letter c

Initial with Elizabeth Elstob's portrait from her English-Saxon homily on the birth-day of St. Gregory (1709).

Eustace from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 207v

Eustace from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 207v

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(utens que) of Eustace, his wife and children being roasted in a brazen bull as the emperor Hadrian looks on. Image taken from f. 207v of Lives of the Saints. Written in Fren... More

Elcanah, Hannah and Peninnah from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 116

Elcanah, Hannah and Peninnah from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 116

Detail of an historiated initial 'F'(uit) of Elcanah and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah, at the beginning of Kings 1. Image taken from f. 116 of Historia scholastica (The 'Ashridge Petrus Comestor'). Writte... More

Peter and Paul from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58, f. 16

Peter and Paul from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58, f. 16

Historiated initial 'N' with Peter and Paul, measuring 160 x 160 mm. On the reverse, two four-line staves, musical notation and partial text '..expectatio /…bis iude'. Image taken from f. 16 of Cuttings from a ... More

Esra from BL Harley 2804, f. 108

Esra from BL Harley 2804, f. 108

Historiated initial 'I'(n anno) of Esra, at the beginning of Esra. Image taken from f. 108 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible'), Psalms-Acts 16:17, imperfect. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a c... More

Sacrifice from BL Royal 1 E IV, f. 135

Sacrifice from BL Royal 1 E IV, f. 135

Detail of an historiated initial 'V'(ocavit) of Israelits offering sacrifice to God, at the beginning of Leviticus. Image taken from f. 135 of Bible (Octateuch). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Colle... More

Tree of Jesse from BL Royal 2 A XVIII, f. 96

Tree of Jesse from BL Royal 2 A XVIII, f. 96

Historiated initial 'B'(eatus) of the Tree of Jesse with a full border. Image taken from f. 96 of Book of Hours (The 'Beaufort/Beauchamp Hours'), Use of Sarum. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collect... More

Seder table from BL Add 14761, f. 28v

Seder table from BL Add 14761, f. 28v

Detail of a page; Historiated initial-word panel ~Ha lahma aniya~ (The Bread of Affliction), at the beginning of the text of the Haggadah. Beneath the initial words, a miniature depicting a family by the Seder ... More

Joseph and his brothers from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58, f. 54

Joseph and his brothers from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-...

Historiated initial 'U' with Joseph and his brothers, illustrating Genesis 37:18-21, measuring 165 x 165 mm. On the reverse, two four-line staves, musical notation and partial text 'cidam(ur) / amus si pro'. Im... More

Scenes from the life of Abraham from BL Add 14761, ff. 36v-37

Scenes from the life of Abraham from BL Add 14761, ff. 36v-37

Folio 36v: historiated initial-word panel with gold letters: ~Mi-thilah~ at the beginning of the passage, 'In the beginning our fathers were idolators'. Around the initial-word panel, two midrashic scenes: on t... More

Bathing of the Christ Child from BL Add 18196, f. 13, f. 13

Bathing of the Christ Child from BL Add 18196, f. 13, f. 13

Historiated initial 'P' of the preparation for the bathing of the Christ Child. Image taken from f. 13 of Cutting from a choir book.

Assumption of the Virgin from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58, f. 15

Assumption of the Virgin from BL Add 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33...

Historiated initial 'G' with the Assumption of the Virgin, measuring 80 x 85 mm. On the reverse, one four-line stave, musical notation and partial text 'collau'. Image taken from f. 15 of Cuttings from a choir ... More

Nureddin, Sultan of Damascus from BL YT 12, f. 132

Nureddin, Sultan of Damascus from BL YT 12, f. 132

Detail of an historiated initial 'R'(eines) with a mail-coated Nureddin, the Sultan of Damascus, with bare legs and an open helmet, fleeing on horseback with a foal underfoot from two knights (Godfrey Martel a... More

Livy from BL Harley 3694, f. 2 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Livy from BL Harley 3694, f. 2 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of an historiated initial 'M' of Livy holding a book. Image taken from f. 2 of Ab urbe condita, Fourth Decade (ff. 1v-151), Epitomies (ff. 152-186v), Periochae (ff. 187-214v). Written in Latin. The "BL ... More

Historiated initial from BL Add 38117, f. 97v

Historiated initial from BL Add 38117, f. 97v

Detail of an historiated initial 'O' with image of King Arthur setting infants adrift in a boat. Image taken from f. 97v of Joseph d'Arimathie (ff. 1-18), Le Livre de Merlin (ff. 18v-74), Suite de Merlin (ff. 7... More

Ceremony from BL Harley 1498, f. 76

Ceremony from BL Harley 1498, f. 76

Detail of an historiated initial 'T'(his) of the manuscript in use at a ceremony. Image taken from f. 76 of Quadripartite Indenture for Henry VII's Chapel. Written in English with Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscr... More

Fam His 045

Fam His 045

A book ornament featuring Roger Bacon's tutor, the local priest, and his father, "old Bacon", along with a historiated initial T."...young Bacon tooke his learning so fast, that the priest could not teach him ... More

Fam His 072

Fam His 072

A historiated initial I featuring two dancing thieves and a decorative frame"Miles thought now to have some sport with them, which hee had, and therefore plaid lustily on his tabor and pipe: so soone as they h... More

Isaiah from BL Harley 2803, f. 176

Isaiah from BL Harley 2803, f. 176

Detail of an historiated initial 'V'(isio) with Isaiah holding a scroll, at the beginning of Isaiah. Image taken from f. 176 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesis to Job. Written in La... More

God from BL Harley 2803, f. 6v - Public domain medieval manuscript

God from BL Harley 2803, f. 6v - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of face of God, from an historiated initial at the beginning of Genesis. Image taken from f. 6v of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesis to Job. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley M... More

Longinus from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 46v

Longinus from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 46v

Detail of an historiated initial 'M' of Longinus knocking down idols. Image taken from f. 46v of Lives of the Saints. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, ... More

John the Evangelist from BL Stowe 12, f. 103

John the Evangelist from BL Stowe 12, f. 103

Detail of an historiated initial 'D'(ominica) of a portrait of a man, perhaps John the Evangelist, at the beginning of a reading for Rogation Sunday, with the text of John 16:23. Image taken from f. 103 of Brev... More

John from BL Add 22310, ff. 1-9, f. 6v

John from BL Add 22310, ff. 1-9, f. 6v

Historiated initial 'F' of John the Baptist. Image taken from f. 6v of Leaves from an Antiphoner (index antiphonal, antiphonary). Written in Latin.

Beheading of John the Baptist from BL Add 18197, ff. A and H, f. A

Beheading of John the Baptist from BL Add 18197, ff. A and H, f. A

Historiated initial 'O' of the beheading of John the Baptist. Image taken from f. A of Cuttings from a choir book. Written in Latin.

Saints from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 28

Saints from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 28

Historiated initial 'M' of two saints, measuring 105 x 100 mm. Image taken from f. 28 of Cuttings from a Dominican choir book.

Peter from BL Lansdowne 451, f. 219

Peter from BL Lansdowne 451, f. 219

Detail of historiated initial of Peter. Image taken from f. 219 of Pontifical; Tabula. Written in Latin.

Detail of the Adoration of the Magi from BL Add 52539, f. 2

Detail of the Adoration of the Magi from BL Add 52539, f. 2

Detail of a historiated initial 'D' of the Adoration of the Magi, at the beginning of Sext in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 2 of Leaves and bifolia from a Book of Hours, containing text for the e... More

Full border from BL Harley 4920, f. 1

Full border from BL Harley 4920, f. 1

Full border with rinceaux decoration, foliate motifs, and birds, with the coat of arms of Petrus de Foix, supported by two angels, and the historiated initial 'E'(go) with a man at a lecturn. Image taken from f... More

Monks singing from BL Harley 2909, f. 87

Monks singing from BL Harley 2909, f. 87

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(antate) of monks singing at a lecturn, at Psalm 97: 'Cantate domino canticum novum' / 'Sing to the Lord a new song', and a full border with acanthus motifs and sprays. Image ... More

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3487, f. 140v

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3487, f. 140v

Detail of an historiated initial 'P'. Image taken from f. 140v of Libri Naturales, with extensive glosses. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in th... More

Angel and saint from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 37

Angel and saint from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 37

Historiated initial 'N' of an angel and a saint, measuring 95 x 75 mm. Image taken from f. 37 of Cuttings from a Dominican choir book.

Henry VII receiving the book from BL Royal 19 C VIII, f. 1

Henry VII receiving the book from BL Royal 19 C VIII, f. 1

Historiated initial 'A'(vous) of Henry VII receiving the book from the writer, with a partial trompe l'oeil border, including flowers and a bear. Image taken from f. 1 of Imaginacion de vraye noblesse. Written ... More

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

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. The BL Royal Ma... More

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

Maria Mater Dei Virgo (Virgin Mary Mother of God) from BL Royal 6 E VI...

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

Archers from BL YT 12, f. 204 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Archers from BL YT 12, f. 204 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of an historiated initial 'O' of archers assaulting a city, and text. Image taken from f. 204 of Histoire d'Outremer, continued to 1232. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British... More

Battle from BL YT 12, f. 109 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Battle from BL YT 12, f. 109 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(ourars) of a battle between Imperial knights and Saracen cavalry. Image taken from f. 109 of Histoire d'Outremer, continued to 1232. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson... More

Resurrection from BL YT 25, f. 1

Resurrection from BL YT 25, f. 1

Detail of an historiated initial 'A'(lleluia) of the Resurrection of Christ, from a liturgical text for Easter with musical notation. Image taken from f. 1 of Leaf from a Dominican Antiphoner (index antiphoner,... More

Historiated initial from BL YT 27, ff. 70v-71

Historiated initial from BL YT 27, ff. 70v-71

Double-page with a historiated initial 'A'(d) with a monkey standing on a dog, and full borders, in the Book of Hours. Image taken from ff. 70v-71 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of Yolande of Flande... More

Abishag from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 79

Abishag from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 79

Historiated initial 'E'(t rex) of Abishag before David. Image taken from f. 79 of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Great Bible'), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names. Written in Latin. The ... More

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3647, f. 55

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3647, f. 55

Historiated initial 'G'(eometrie) with a man teaching, a bar-border sprouting with foliage, a hybrid creature and a cock, at the beginning of Robertus Anglicus of Montpellier, 'Tractatus quadrantis veteris'. Im... More

Detail: Jerome and pope Damasus from BL YT 22, f. 1

Detail: Jerome and pope Damasus from BL YT 22, f. 1

Historiated initial 'F'(rater) with Jerome and pope Damasus, at the beginning of the Bible. Image taken from f. 1 of Bible ('The Brantwood Bible'). Written in Latin. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Brit... More

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 208v

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 208v

Historiated initial 'Q'(uando) with the Triumph of Chastity. Image taken from f. 208v of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts ... More

Presentation of the text from BL Harley 7182, f. 1

Presentation of the text from BL Harley 7182, f. 1

Historiated initial with a portrait of Jacobus Angelus presenting to Pope Alexander V a copy of his translation of Ptolomy's ~Geography~. The pope's face has been deliberately effaced. Image taken from f. 1 of ... More

Lover's confession from BL Royal 18 C XXII, f. 1

Lover's confession from BL Royal 18 C XXII, f. 1

Detail of an historiated initial 'O'(ff) of the Lover's confession, at the beginning of the prologue. Image taken from f. 1 of Confessio amantis. Written in English and Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collectio... More

Contemplacio (Contemplation) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 409v

Contemplacio (Contemplation) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 409v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(ontemplacio) of a man praying before a crucifix on an altar. Image taken from f. 409v of Omne Bonum (Circumcisio-Dona Spiritui Sancti). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manus... More

Adventus domini secundus (Second coming of Christ) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 57

Adventus domini secundus (Second coming of Christ) from BL Royal 6 E V...

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(irca) of Christ on a rainbow and the resurrection of the dead. Image taken from f. 57 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collec... More

Confessio (Confession) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 354v

Confessio (Confession) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 354v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(onfessio) of a cleric hearing a confession. Image taken from f. 354v of Omne Bonum (Circumcisio-Dona Spiritui Sancti). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection,... More

Detail from BL Eg 1865, f. 36 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail from BL Eg 1865, f. 36 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of historiated initial of a man holding a book. Image taken from f. 36 of Genealogia deorum gentilium. Written in Latin. The Egerton Manuscript Collection is named after its founder, Sir Thomas Egerton ... More

Fam His 077 Border

Fam His 077 Border

The border from FamHis077.png.

Diplomatica E 17773 - Public domain dedication image

Diplomatica E 17773 - Public domain dedication image

Français : publié dans "de re diplomatica..." Public domain reproduction of illuminated book or manuscript page, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Habakkuk from BL Harley 2803, f. 278

Habakkuk from BL Harley 2803, f. 278

Detail of historiated initial 'O'(nus) with Habakkuk holding a scroll, and an entwined man, at the beginning of Habakkuk. Image taken from f. 278 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesis ... More

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 120v

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 120v

Detail of an historiated initial 'F' of a bust of a bishop. Image taken from f. 120v of Breviary, Use of Sarum with Norwich variants ('The Stowe Breviary'). Written in Latin.

Doctor from BL Harley 3140, f. 39

Doctor from BL Harley 3140, f. 39

Detail of an historiated initial 'Q' with a doctor (Hippocrates?), shown as a university physician with a long robe and cap, administering a liquid from a sponge or a dish to a patient in bed, attended by a stu... More

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

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

Initial-word panel from BL Add 14761, f. 65v

Initial-word panel from BL Add 14761, f. 65v

Historiated initial-word panel: ~Halleluyah~ (Praise the Lord) of a service in the synagogue, at the beginning of the Hallel. Image taken from f. 65v of Haggadah, liturgical poems and biblical readings for Pass... More

King David playing the bells from BL Stowe 12, f. 190

King David playing the bells from BL Stowe 12, f. 190

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(xultate) depicting King David playing bells, with a partial bar border including a bearded grotesque, at the beginning of Psalm 80. Image taken from f. 190 of Breviary, Use ... More

Adam and Eve from BL Harley 7621, f. 1

Adam and Eve from BL Harley 7621, f. 1

Detail of a pge: historiated initial-word panel, ~Bereshit~ (in the beginning), of the Original Sin, at the beginning of Genesis. Above the initial word, Adam and Eve are depicted under a tree holding apples, w... More

Bishop from BL Eg 1067, f. 75 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Bishop from BL Eg 1067, f. 75 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Historiated initial of a bishop blessing nuns, with a full border, with flowers and strawberries. Image taken from f. 75 of Pontifical. Written in Latin. The Egerton Manuscript Collection is named after its fo... More

John from BL Royal 1 D I, f. 532v

John from BL Royal 1 D I, f. 532v

Detail of a historiated Initial 'S'(enior) of John holding a scroll, at the beginning of John II. Image taken from f. 532v of Bible, with the Interpretation of Hebrew names (The 'Bible of William of Devon'). Wr... More

Temptation of Christ from BL Royal 2 B III, f. 37v

Temptation of Christ from BL Royal 2 B III, f. 37v

Historiated initial 'D'(ominus) of the Temptation of Christ, at the beginning of Psalm 26. Image taken from f. 37v of Psalter. Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Coll... More

Saints from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 16

Saints from BL Add 18196, ff. 14-22, and 28-40, f. 16

Historiated initial 'S' of two saints, measuring 90 x 85 mm. Image taken from f. 16 of Cuttings from a Dominican choir book.

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 284

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 284

Detail of an historiated initial 'O'(pus) of a bust of a bishop, with a partial bar border including a hooded grotesque. Image taken from f. 284 of Breviary, Use of Sarum with Norwich variants ('The Stowe Brev... More

Adventus Domini (Incarnation) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 55

Adventus Domini (Incarnation) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 55

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(dventus) of the Annunciation. Image taken from f. 55 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Col... More

Abishag from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 79

Abishag from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 79

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(t rex) of Abishag before David. Image taken from f. 79 of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Great Bible'), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names. Written in... More

David from BL Harley 2946, f. 181

David from BL Harley 2946, f. 181

Historiated initial 'B'(eatus) with David playing a harp and foliate borders, at the beginning of the Psalms. Image taken from f. 181 of Breviary, Use of Sarum, including a Psalter with a litany (ff. 181-243v).... More

Border decoration from BL Royal 20 E III, f. 114

Border decoration from BL Royal 20 E III, f. 114

Detail of a page with an historiated initial 'L'(e duc) and a decorated border. Image taken from f. 114 of Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis (from 1108 to 1270). Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript... More

Spanish Antiphoner - Public domain dedication image

Spanish Antiphoner - Public domain dedication image

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Fam His 062 coat of arms - Drawing. Public domain image.

Fam His 062 coat of arms - Drawing. Public domain image.

A historiated initial I featuring a medieval French city in flames, surrounded by vines including a dragon, a shield with the French coat of arms, and a sword and an illustration of Roger Bacon talking to Henr... More

Pantaleon from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 92v

Pantaleon from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 92v

Historiated initial 'A'(tel) of Pantaleon before the emperor, at the beginning of the rubric: 'Ci commence la vie seint Pantaleon'. Image taken from f. 92v of Lives of the Saints. Written in French. The BL Roy... More

Synagogue and Ecclesia from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 93

Synagogue and Ecclesia from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 93

Detail of an historiated initial 'Q'(uinta) of Synagogue and Ecclesia, at the beginning of Deuteronomy. Image taken from f. 93 of Historia scholastica (The 'Ashridge Petrus Comestor'). Written in Latin. The BL... More

Lamentation over the Dead Christ from BL Add 18197, f. K, f. K

Lamentation over the Dead Christ from BL Add 18197, f. K, f. K

Historiated initial 'S' of the Lamentation over the Dead Christ. Image taken from f. K of Cutting from a choir book. Written in Latin.

Peter from BL Add 22310, f. 11 (2)

Peter from BL Add 22310, f. 11 (2)

Historiated initial 'Q' of Peter, with the descender of the letter composed of a foliate extension of acanthus leaves (centre). Image taken from Cutting from a Gradual (sanctorale). Written in Latin.

Detail: Resurrection from BL Arundel 108, f. 10v

Detail: Resurrection from BL Arundel 108, f. 10v

Historiated initial 'R'(esurrexi) with the Resurrection, angels supporting heraldic arms to the left, in a Missal. Image taken from f. 10v of Missal. Written in Latin. The Arundel Manuscript Collection was ama... More

Teacher lecturing to students from BL Harley 3745, f. 1

Teacher lecturing to students from BL Harley 3745, f. 1

Detail of an historiated initial 'P'(ostquam) of a teacher lecturing to a group of students, with a dog chasing its prey into a hole above. Image taken from f. 1 of Medical miscellany, including the Book on Sim... More

Death from BL Harley 2448, f. 94

Death from BL Harley 2448, f. 94

Historiated initial 'D'(ilexi) of the Death and foliate borders, at the beginning of the Office of the Dead. Image taken from f. 94 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" r... More

Annunciation from BL Add 39636, f. 14, f. 14

Annunciation from BL Add 39636, f. 14, f. 14

Historiated initial 'M' of the Annunciation. Image taken from f. 14 of Cutting from a service book. Written in Latin. The Annunciation is a biblical event in which the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary... More

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 337

Bust of a bishop from BL Stowe 12, f. 337

Detail of an historiated initial 'D' of a bust of a bishop. Image taken from f. 337 of Breviary, Use of Sarum with Norwich variants ('The Stowe Breviary'). Written in Latin.

Saint from BL Add 29902, ff. 3a-c, 4a-c, 5a-c, 6a-b, f. 6b

Saint from BL Add 29902, ff. 3a-c, 4a-c, 5a-c, 6a-b, f. 6b

Historiated initial 'C' of Christ, a female saint and musicians. Image taken from f. 6b of Cuttings from a choir book.

Resurrection from BL Eg 1146, f. 202

Resurrection from BL Eg 1146, f. 202

Historiated initial 'A'(lleluia) of the Resurrected Christ, with partial borders of leaves and birds, at the beginning of Matins in the Office of the Resurrection. Image taken from f. 202 of Book of Hours, Use ... More

Ecclesiastes from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 212v

Ecclesiastes from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 212v

Detail of a historiated Initial 'V'(erba) of Solomon and a young man, at the beginning of Ecclesiastes. Image taken from f. 212v of Bible, with the Interpretation of Hebrew names (imperfect). Written in Latin. ... More

Physician from BL Sloane 2435, f. 27v

Physician from BL Sloane 2435, f. 27v

Detail of the historiated initial 'P'(our) with a standing physician and pregnant woman. Image taken from f. 27v of Le Régime du corps (ff. 1-75v); Image du monde (ff. 77-133v). Written in French (Walloon diale... More

Border and Elevation of the Host from BL Add 35254I

Border and Elevation of the Host from BL Add 35254I

Historiated full-page border with the text excised, of the arms (flanked by two hybrid creatures) of Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, the Medici device of a diamond ring with three feathers and motto 'Semper', a hal... More

Creation scenes from BL Harley 2833, f. 2

Creation scenes from BL Harley 2833, f. 2

Historiated initial 'I'(n principio) with Creation scenes, at the beginning of Genesis. Image taken from f. 2 of Bible, from Genesis to Job, vol. 1. Written in Latin. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a col... More

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