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Manuscript Illumination with Saint Dominic Saving the Church of Saint John Lateran in an Initial A, from a Gradual
Initial from BL Arundel 155, f. 12v

Initial from BL Arundel 155, f. 12v

Coloured initial 'Q'(uare) at the beginning of Psalm 2. Image taken from f. 12v of Psalter and prayers ('The Eadui Psalter', 'The Arundel Psalter'). Written in Latin.

Decorated Initial O; Inhabited Initial E
Decorated Initial D; Decorated Initial I
Inhabited Initial A; Initial D: A Church
Decorated Initial O; Inhabited Initial D
Decorated Initial C; Decorated Initial A
Decorated Initial D; Decorated Initial I
Decorated Initial D; Decorated Initial O
Manuscript Illumination with Initial H, from a Bible, Burgundy, France
Manuscript Illumination with Initial V, from a Bible, Burgundy, France
Manuscript Illumination with Initial H, from a Bible
Manuscript Illumination with Initial V, from a Bible
Manuscript Leaf Showing an Illuminated Initial R with The Resurrection
Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Saint Peter Martyr, a hero of the Dominican order who was murdered by heretics in 1253, was named a saint within two weeks! When the Dominicans established their liturgy three years later, the feast of Saint Pe... More

Manuscript Leaf with Foliated Initial P, from an Antiphonary
Initial S: Saint John Handing a Scroll to Two Men; Initial I: Saint Jude Gesturing to Four Men
Manuscript Leaf with Foliated Initial P, from an Antiphonary
Initial I: Obediah; Initial V: Obediah Offering Food
Initial I: Dominican friar with a book; Initial P: Solomon Instructing Pupil with a Rod
Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr in an Initial P, from a Gradual
Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr in an Initial P, from a Gradual
Initial words from BL Add 14763, f. 134

Initial words from BL Add 14763, f. 134

Initial words decorated with blue and red flourishing. Image taken from f. 134 of Miscellany of philosophical works including e. g. the Guide of the Perplexed by Maimonides in Samuel ibn Tibbon's Hebrew transla... More

Manuscript Illumination with the Beheading of Saint Paul in an Initial S, from a Gradual
Manuscript Illumination with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple in an Initial S, from a Gradual
Manuscript Illumination with the Beheading of Saint Paul in an Initial S, from a Gradual
Manuscript Illumination with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple in an Initial S, from a Gradual
Initial and headpiece from BL Harley 5535, f. 1

Initial and headpiece from BL Harley 5535, f. 1

Headpiece in colours and gold, with a large initial 'M' in colours and gold. Image taken from f. 1 of Psalms and Odes, imperfect at the end. Written in Greek.

Initial O: Christ Enthroned with His Hands Raised; Initial D: A Semi-Prostrate Man in Prayer
Initial U: The Holy Spirit; Initial F: A Man Kneeling in Prayer; Initial A
Initial I: Two Men in Prisons; Initial I: Two Men Killing Two Other Men with a Sword and by Hanging
Manuscript Leaf with Initial M, from a Missal
Manuscript Leaf with Initial M, from a Missal
Initial A: Two Men before a Judge; Initial S: Two Men Fighting with a Club and a Sword
Initial I: A Man Giving a Goblet to a Man and Another Man Killed by Hanging; Initial I: A Man Disrobing and Another Man Led Away by Soldiers
Initial with penwork decoration from BL Harley 5429, f .1

Initial with penwork decoration from BL Harley 5429, f .1

Initial 'O'(mnes) with penwork decoration. Image taken from f .1 of De bello Jugurthino. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Harley 3915, f. 19

Initial from BL Harley 3915, f. 19

Initial 'I'(ncaustum) with penwork decoration at the beginning of the chapter on ink in book 1 of Theophilus' De diversis artibus. Image taken from f. 19 of De diversis artibus and other texts including De Ungu... More

Initial from BL Add 21412, ff. 3a, 3c, 5a-c, 6a-c, 7, 8a-c, 9a-h, 10a-c, 11a-c, 12a-c, 13, 14, 16-19, f. 3a

Initial from BL Add 21412, ff. 3a, 3c, 5a-c, 6a-c, 7, 8a-c, 9a-h, 10a-...

Part of an inverted (see text on reverse) foliate initial ?'O', measuring 40 x 20 mm. On the reverse partial text reading '[illegible, cropped] /..er: t./.. :ut' (at left of image). Image taken from f. 3a of Cu... More

Initial from BL Harley 3016, f. 38v

Initial from BL Harley 3016, f. 38v

Initial 'A'(postolicis) with penwork decoration. Image taken from f. 38v of Epistolae and Sermones; Expositio missae and other shorter texts. Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 469, f. 1

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 469, f. 1

Decorated initial and full foliate border, at the beginning of the Nova Statuta. Image taken from f. 1 of Nova Statuta (index Statutes of England, Statuta Angliae, Statute book), from 1 Edward III to 3 Henry V ... More

Initial from BL Harley 276, f. 2v

Initial from BL Harley 276, f. 2v

Initial 'I'(n) with penwork decoration at the beginning of John. In the upper margin an inscription in the hand of Sir Simonds D'Ewes. Image taken from f. 2v of Gospel of John, with gloss. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Arundel 138, f. 163

Initial from BL Arundel 138, f. 163

Detail of decorated initial. Image taken from f. 163 of Miscellaneous texts, including Epistolae. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Burn 165, f. 1

Initial from BL Burn 165, f. 1

Illuminated white vine initial 'C'(um) and heading in multi-coloured display capitals, at the beginning of the volume. Image taken from f. 1 of Disputationes tusculanae (ff. 1-91v), De finibus (ff. 93-178v), Ac... More

Manuscript Leaf with Foliated Initial A, from an Antiphonary
Manuscript Illumination with the Virgin and Child in an Initial S, from an Antiphonary
Manuscript Illumination with the Annunciation in an Initial R, from a Gradual
Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 836, f. 3

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 836, f. 3

White vine initial and three-sided white vine border, with heraldic arms supported by putti in the lower margin, at the beginning of Horace's Epistolarum. Image taken from f. 3 of Epistolae (ff. 3-31); Ars poet... More

Initial from BL Harley 1684, f. 105

Initial from BL Harley 1684, f. 105

Detail of coloured initial. Image taken from f. 105 of Medical miscellany including surgical treatises by Thomas Scellinck of Thienen (ff. 5-104), Lanfrancus de Mediolano (ff. 105-140), and Jan Yperman (ff. 142... More

Initial, border and bas-de-page from BL Lansdowne 463, f. 104

Initial, border and bas-de-page from BL Lansdowne 463, f. 104

Decorated foliate initial 'B'(eatus), and a three-sided foliate border with a bas-de-page scene of a farmer's wife pursuing a fox who has stolen a goose, at the beginning of the Ordinal. Image taken from f. 104... More

Initial 'A'. from BL Sloane 3049, f. 1

Initial 'A'. from BL Sloane 3049, f. 1

Initial 'A'. Image taken from f. 1 of Livre des anges. Written in French.

Initial from "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerpsche Sint-Lucasgilde onder zinspreuk: “Wt Ionsten Versaemt,” afgeschreven en bewerkt door Ph. Rambouts en Th. van Lerius ... Les Liggeren et autres archives historiques, etc"

Initial from "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerps...

This image has been taken from scan 000182 from volume 01 of "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerpsche Sint-Lucasgilde onder zinspreuk: “Wt Ionsten Versaemt,” afgeschreven en bewerkt door Ph.... More

Initial S with Saint Peter Liberated from Prison
Initial E: A Female Saint (Mary?) with a Book and Flowers; Initial A: The Annunciation
Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 233v

Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 233v

Detail of a decorated initial with leaves, and a marginal hybrid creature. Image taken from f. 233v of Scholastic miscellany (see Notes for contents). Written in Latin.

Bifolium with Initial L, from an Antiphonary
Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 39v

Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 39v

Decorated initial 'D'(eus) and full foliate border, at the beginning of Prime in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 39v of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Hours of Dionora of Urbino') (Eleonora Gonza... More

Manuscript Illumination with the Martyrdom of Saint Stephen in an Initial E, from a Gradual
Detail: Initial from BL YT 52, f. 96v

Detail: Initial from BL YT 52, f. 96v

Decorated initial 'G'(od), in the Book of Hours. Image taken from f. 96v of Hours and Psalter (ends incompletely), Use of Sarum. Written in English with Latin rubrics.

Initial from BL Harley 2461, f. 1

Initial from BL Harley 2461, f. 1

Blue initial 'S'(oror) with red penwork decoration at the beginning of the first tragedy, 'Hercules Furens' ('The Madness of Hercules'). Image taken from f. 1 of Tragoediae (index Tragedies). Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Burn 248, f. 73v

Initial from BL Burn 248, f. 73v

Illuminated white vine initial 'Q'(uedam), at the beginning of Book 6 of Seneca's De beneficiis. Image taken from f. 73v of De beneficiis (ff. 1-106v), De clementia (ff. 107-126v), followed by (ff. 127-130v) th... More

Initial A: The Mocking of Christ; Initial L: Two Men Holding Scrolls
Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 158v

Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 158v

Detail of decorated initial with leaves. Image taken from f. 158v of Scholastic miscellany (see Notes for contents). Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 16

Initial from BL Burn 275, f. 16

Detail of puzzle initial. Image taken from f. 16 of Scholastic miscellany (see Notes for contents). Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Burn 178, f. 76

Initial from BL Burn 178, f. 76

Decorated initial 'Q'(ui), at the beginning of Horace's Sermones. Image taken from f. 76 of Odes (ff. 3-42), Epodes (ff. 42-50), Carmen saeculare (ff. 50-51), Ars poetica (ff. 51-57), Epistolae (ff. 57-76), Ser... More

Initial and heading from BL Arundel 449, f. 126

Initial and heading from BL Arundel 449, f. 126

Foliate initial 'I'(mp[er]atoriam), and flourished heading 'Imperator', at the beginning of the Institutionum juris libri quatuor. Image taken from f. 126 of Glossed Arbor Actionum, Volumen Parvum, and Liber Fe... More

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 478, f. 55

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 478, f. 55

Decorated initial and three-sided border, at the beginning of a Statute. Image taken from f. 55 of Statuta Antiqua. Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 40

Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 40

Decorated initial 'D'(eus) and partial border, in Prime in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 40 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Hours of Dionora of Urbino') (Eleonora Gonzaga della Rovere). Writt... More

Initial word from BL Add 26878, f. 57

Initial word from BL Add 26878, f. 57

Detail: decorated initial word. Image taken from f. 57 of Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commentary (ff. 1-272), Five Scrolls (~Hamesh megillot~; ff. 273-311v) and ~Haftarot~(ff. 312-381) with Rashi... More

Initial and border from BL YT 19, f. 28

Initial and border from BL YT 19, f. 28

Detail of a decorated initial 'C'(hi), and the lower right section of the three-sided border, with a rabbit, and a man with a sword and hawk on a rearing horse, in Brunetto Latini's Le Livre du Trésor. Image ta... More

Initial from BL Eg 2802, f. 86v

Initial from BL Eg 2802, f. 86v

Coloured initial and addition to a charter. Image taken from f. 86v of Cartulary of the abbey of the Holy Cross at Quimperle in Brittany (see Notes for contents). Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Sloane 1825, f. 2

Initial and border from BL Sloane 1825, f. 2

Decorated foliate initial 'M', and full foliate border, at the beginning of Thomas Hoccleve's De Regimine Principis. Image taken from f. 2 of De Regimine Principis. Written in English.

Initial words from BL Add 26878, f. 11v

Initial words from BL Add 26878, f. 11v

Decorated initial word accompanied by a dragon in the main text; decorated initial-word panel and initial word in the marginal texts. Image taken from f. 11v of Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commen... More

Initial S with Saint Peter Liberated from Prison
Manuscript Illumination with David in Prayer in an Initial M, from a Psalter
Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 477, f. 37v

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 477, f. 37v

Decorated initial and partial border, at the beginning of a Statute. Image taken from f. 37v of Statuta Antiqua. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Harley 3293, f. 139v

Initial from BL Harley 3293, f. 139v

Detail of white vine initial 'A'(nnus) at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 139v of Historiae. Written in Latin.

Initial from "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerpsche Sint-Lucasgilde onder zinspreuk: “Wt Ionsten Versaemt,” afgeschreven en bewerkt door Ph. Rambouts en Th. van Lerius ... Les Liggeren et autres archives historiques, etc"

Initial from "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerps...

This image has been taken from scan 000240 from volume 01 of "De Liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerpsche Sint-Lucasgilde onder zinspreuk: “Wt Ionsten Versaemt,” afgeschreven en bewerkt door Ph.... More

Initial and border from BL YT 52, f. 10

Initial and border from BL YT 52, f. 10

Decorated initial 'L'(ord), and full border, at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 10 of Hours and Psalter (ends incompletely), Use of Sarum. Written in English with Latin rubrics.

Initial from BL Add 22310, ff. 10 (1), 11 (1 and 3), 12 (1-18), f. 11 (3)

Initial from BL Add 22310, ff. 10 (1), 11 (1 and 3), 12 (1-18), f. 11 ...

Foliate initial 'S'. Image taken from f. 11 (3) of Cuttings from a choir book. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL King's 32, f. 87

Initial from BL King's 32, f. 87

Detail of illuminated initial. Image taken from f. 87 of Epigrams, preceeded by the Liber de Spectaculis (ff. 1-5, imperfect). Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Sloane 2560, f. 1

Initial and border from BL Sloane 2560, f. 1

Decorated initial 'Q'(ui), and full foliate border with putti and birds, at the beginning of the Alchemical treatises. Image taken from f. 1 of Alchemical treatises. Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 831, f. 56v

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 831, f. 56v

Decorated initial and partial border with a putti holding heraldic arms, in Cicero's Rhetoricorum veterum. Image taken from f. 56v of Rhetoricorum veterum. Written in Latin.

Initial and historiated border from BL Sloane 2157, f. 3

Initial and historiated border from BL Sloane 2157, f. 3

Decorated initial 'I'(n) with a historiated three-sided foliate border, at the beginning of Magister Gerardus Cremonensis's Liber Canonis primus. Image taken from f. 3 of Liber Canonis. Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 450, f. 85v

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 450, f. 85v

Decorated initial 'R'(esurrexi) and a three-sided foliate border. Image taken from f. 85v of Missal, Use of Rome (begins and ends imperfectly). Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Harley 2534, f. 32

Initial from BL Harley 2534, f. 32

Initial 'A'(rma), the first word of the Aeneid, which begins: 'Arma virumque cano'. Image taken from f. 32 of Bucolica (index Bucolics, Eclogues), Georgica (index Georgics), Aeneis (index Aeneid)(imperfect) wit... More

Initial with penwork decoration from BL Harley 5388, f. 2

Initial with penwork decoration from BL Harley 5388, f. 2

Initial with penwork decoration 'P'(retor). Image taken from f. 2 of Speculum monachorum. Written in Latin.

Initial with reserved designs from BL Arundel 117, f. 5

Initial with reserved designs from BL Arundel 117, f. 5

Initial 'Q'(uoniam) with reserved designs, at the beginning of Martinus Polonus's Chronica. Image taken from f. 5 of Chronica pontificum et imperatorum, and other prophetic texts, including Joachim of Flora's V... More

Initial from BL Lansdowne 453, f. 249v

Initial from BL Lansdowne 453, f. 249v

Initial with pen-flourishing, at the beginning of a later addition to the Bible. Image taken from f. 249v of Bible. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL King's 32, f. 2

Initial from BL King's 32, f. 2

Opening of Martial's Liber de Spectaculis, with the title in the square capitals attributed to Bartolomeo Sanvito, and the text to Pompino Leto, with the illuminated white vine-stem initial 'B'(arbara). Image ... More

Initial from BL Burn 178, f. 57

Initial from BL Burn 178, f. 57

Decorated initial 'P'(rima), at the beginning of Horace's Epistolae. Image taken from f. 57 of Odes (ff. 3-42), Epodes (ff. 42-50), Carmen saeculare (ff. 50-51), Ars poetica (ff. 51-57), Epistolae (ff. 57-76), ... More

Initial from BL Lansdowne 833, f. 63v

Initial from BL Lansdowne 833, f. 63v

Decorated initial and display script, at the beginning of book 3 of Columella's Rei rusticae. Image taken from f. 63v of Rei rusticae, etc. Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 838, f. 1

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 838, f. 1

White vine initial 'A'(nnum), and a full white vine border with putti and birds, at the beginning of Suetonius's Vitae Caesarum. Image taken from f. 1 of De vita Caesarum (index XII Caesars). Written in Latin.

Initial and border from BL Sloane 2423, f. 1

Initial and border from BL Sloane 2423, f. 1

Decorated initial 'C'(harles), including heraldic arms, and a partial foliate border, at the beginning of the Lois d'Oléron. Image taken from f. 1 of Lois d'Oléron. Written in French.

Initial from BL Burn 158, f. 2

Initial from BL Burn 158, f. 2

White vine initial 'S'(i) and partial border with the arms of the Maffei family of Volterra, at the beginning of Cicero's In verrem, with the ownership mark of the Duke of Grafton in the upper right-hand corner... More

Initial from BL Arundel 40, f. 1

Initial from BL Arundel 40, f. 1

Initial 'I'(nterrogatus) with reserved designs, at the beginning of Bernhard von Gordon's Lilium medicinae. Image taken from f. 1 of Lilium medicinae. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Arundel 123, f. 95

Initial from BL Arundel 123, f. 95

Decorated initial 'S'(ecundus). Image taken from f. 95 of Miscellaneous theological and other texts, including Secretum secretorum, Apollonius of Tyre (ff. 33-42v); and the Historia de Preliis Alexandri Magni (... More

Initial from BL Harley 2804, f. 43

Initial from BL Harley 2804, f. 43

Illuminated initial 'V'(erba) with foliate decoration. Image taken from f. 43 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible'), Psalms-Acts 16:17, imperfect. Written in Latin.

Initial from BL Sloane 1448A, f. 5

Initial from BL Sloane 1448A, f. 5

Design for an initial and border, with a bird. Image taken from f. 5 of Pattern, sketch, or model book.

Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 143

Initial and border from BL YT 7, f. 143

Illuminated initial 'L'(etatus) and a partial border, in the Book of Hours. Image taken from f. 143 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Hours of Dionora of Urbino') (Eleonora Gonzaga della Rovere). Written in Latin.

Manuscript Leaf with Foliated Initial A, from an Antiphonary
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