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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

Bishop from BL Eg 1067, f. 75

Bishop from BL Eg 1067, f. 75

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 Latin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Baptism of Christ from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190v

Baptism of Christ from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 190v

Miniature of the Baptism of Christ, with an historiated initial 'E'(xultate) of David playing the bells, at the beginning of Psalm 80, and a bas-de-page drawing of a unicorn and a lion. Image taken from f. 190v... More

David in penitence from BL YT 6, f. 105

David in penitence from BL YT 6, f. 105

Historiated initial 'D'(omine) with David in penitence, and full foliate border with putti, bird and grotesque, at the beginning of the Penitential Psalms. Image taken from f. 105 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome.... More

Annunciation from BL Harley 2943, ff. 17v-18

Annunciation from BL Harley 2943, ff. 17v-18

Miniature of the Annunciation; historiated initial 'H'(ere) with Virgin and Child shown as the woman of the Apocalypse and foliate borders including John on Patmos and Augustus with the Tiburtine Sibyl, at the ... More

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 French.

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

Livy from BL Harley 3694, f. 2

Livy from BL Harley 3694, f. 2

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Battle from BL YT 12, f. 109

Battle from BL YT 12, f. 109

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.

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

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 in French.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Monks singing from BL YT 43, f. 100

Monks singing from BL YT 43, f. 100

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(antate) of monks singing. Image taken from f. 100 of Psalter and Book of Hours, Use of Saint-Omer. Written in Latin.

Incipit page from BL Royal 1 D IX, f. 70

Incipit page from BL Royal 1 D IX, f. 70

Historiated initial 'Q'([uonia]m) of Christ in Majesty in the bowl, with display script in gold, framed by a 'Winchester style' border with foliage intertwined with gold bars, at the beginning of Luke. Image ta... More

Historiated initial from BL Eg 931, f. 224v

Historiated initial from BL Eg 931, f. 224v

Historiated initial of monks singing and a priest kneeling before an altar. Image taken from f. 224v of Pontifical, Use of Sens. Written in Latin.

Quintilian from BL Burn 244, f. 2

Quintilian from BL Burn 244, f. 2

Historiated initial 'P'(ost) depicting Quintilian(?) writing; with a three-sided border incorporating putti supporting heraldic arms. Image taken from f. 2 of Institutiones. Written in Latin, with a few words in Greek.

Historiated initial 'C' depicting Edward III enthroned from BL Hargrave 274, f. 50

Historiated initial 'C' depicting Edward III enthroned from BL Hargrav...

Historiated initial 'C'(ome) depicting Edward III enthroned, holding an orb and sceptre, with religious and lay men to his right and left, respectively, at the beginning of the statues issued during his reign.... More

Gregory delivering his decretals from BL Royal 10 E VII, f. 1

Gregory delivering his decretals from BL Royal 10 E VII, f. 1

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(d comentum) of Gregory delivering a letter to two cardinals. Image taken from f. 1 of Lectura in quinque libros Decretalium (Books 1-2). Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Arundel 157, f. 52

Detail from BL Arundel 157, f. 52

Detail of historiated initial of the Temptation of Christ. Image taken from f. 52 of Psalter, including a calendar (ff. 13-18v). Written in Latin.

Death of Sanguius from BL YT 12, f. 99v

Death of Sanguius from BL YT 12, f. 99v

Detail of an historiated initial 'N' of the death of Sanguius, who is beign murdered by his chamberlains. Image taken from f. 99v of Histoire d'Outremer, continued to 1232. Written in French.

Celebracio missarum (Celebration of masses) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 246v

Celebracio missarum (Celebration of masses) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 2...

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(elebrari) of a priest celebrating a mass. Image taken from f. 246v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

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

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.

Avaritia (Avarice) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 154v

Avaritia (Avarice) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 154v

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(varicia) of a rich man holding a bag of silver coins, faced by a man with two children on his shoulders. Image taken from f. 154v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Writt... More

Angels singing from BL Royal 2 A XVI, f. 118

Angels singing from BL Royal 2 A XVI, f. 118

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(antate) of angels singing, at the beginning of Psalm 97. Image taken from f. 118 of Psalter ('The Psalter of Henry VIII'). Written in Latin.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 229

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 229

Historiated initial 'D'(o) in gold and colours of a triumph, with partial floral borders in gold and colours. Image taken from f. 229 of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

King Edward III from BL YT 48, f. 41

King Edward III from BL YT 48, f. 41

Historiated initial 'C'(ome) of Edward III, with a full foliate border, at the beginning of his Statutes. Image taken from f. 41 of Nova Statuta (index Statutes of England, Statuta Angliae, Statute book), from ... More

Woman with death head from BL YT 7, f. 174

Woman with death head from BL YT 7, f. 174

Detail of an historiated initial 'D'(ilexi) with a woman (Duchess Dionora?) with a skull for a face admiring herself in a hand mirror, and a partial scatter border with gems and flowers, at the beginning of the... More

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

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.

Caducus morbus (Epilepsy) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 238v

Caducus morbus (Epilepsy) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 238v

Historiated initial 'C'(ecidit) of an epileptic foaming at the mouth and a group of people. Image taken from f. 238v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

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

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.

Cerebrum (Brain) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 258v

Cerebrum (Brain) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 258v

Detail of a historiated initial 'C'(erebrum) of the treatment of a brain disease. Image taken from f. 258v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Historiated initial from BL King's 321, f. 34

Historiated initial from BL King's 321, f. 34

Historiated initial 'I'(vo) of Petrarch holding a closed book, and a foliate border with gold balls, at the beginning of Petrarch's 264th canzone. Image taken from f. 34 of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Jerome from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 163v

Jerome from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 163v

Detail of an historiated initial 'M'(emini) of Jerome reading. Image taken from f. 163v of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Great Bible'), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names. Written in Latin.

Xystus from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 83

Xystus from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 83

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(e fu) of Xystus before the Emperor Decius. Image taken from f. 83 of Lives of the Saints. Written in French.

Edward III and the Black Prince from BL Royal 20 D X, f. 28

Edward III and the Black Prince from BL Royal 20 D X, f. 28

Detail of an historiated initial 'E'(dwardus) of Edward III enthroned giving a charter to the kneeling Black Prince, at the beginning of a collection of documents relating to Black Prince's principality of Aqui... More

Historiated initial and bar border from BL Harley 2749, f. 1

Historiated initial and bar border from BL Harley 2749, f. 1

Large historiated initial 'E'(go) with Cicero writing and handing a letter to a boy; bar border on either side with foliate decoration, flowers (including sweet pea) and a bird; 2 winged putti supporting an era... More

Astronomy from BL Burn 275, f. 390v

Astronomy from BL Burn 275, f. 390v

Detail of historiated initial, with a female figure, possibly a personification of astronomy, showing the stars to a group of scholars, who wear versions of fourteenth-century academic dress, at the beginning o... More

Virgin and Child from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 215v

Virgin and Child from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 215v

Detail of a historiated initial 'O'(sculetur) of the Virgin and Child, at the beginning of Song of Solomon. Image taken from f. 215v of Bible, with the Interpretation of Hebrew names (imperfect). Written in Latin.

'We were slaves' from BL Add 14761, f. 30v

'We were slaves' from BL Add 14761, f. 30v

Historiated initial-word panel with gold letters: ~Avadim~ at the beginning of the passage, 'We were slaves to Pharaoh'. Beneath the initial word, the Israelites build a tower under the supervision of a task ma... More

Marriage ceremony from BL Royal 10 E IX, f. 195

Marriage ceremony from BL Royal 10 E IX, f. 195

Detail of a historiated initial 'D'(e) of a marriage ceremony, at the beginning of book 4, De sponsalibus et matrimoniis. Image taken from f. 195 of Decretales, with the Glossa ordinaria. Written in Latin.

Last Supper from BL Add 35254O

Last Supper from BL Add 35254O

Historiated initial 'N' (cropped; the lower part of the letter is visible at the top right of the miniature) of the Last Supper beneath a cartouche inscribed in capitals 'Desiderio desideravi / hoc pascha mandu... More

Christ blessing from BL Add 18196, ff. 43-45, f. 43

Christ blessing from BL Add 18196, ff. 43-45, f. 43

Historiated initial 'S' of Christ blessing. Image taken from f. 43 of Cuttings from a choir book.

Angeli (Angels) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 92

Angeli (Angels) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 92

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(primo) of a seraph. Image taken from f. 92 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Ars sive artes (Art or Arts) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 138v

Ars sive artes (Art or Arts) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 138v

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(rtes) of a teacher at a desk, with pupils. Image taken from f. 138v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

King Ahasuerus' feast from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 132v

King Ahasuerus' feast from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 132v

Detail of an historiated initial 'I'(n diebus) of King Ahasuerus' feast with Esther, princes and three musicians, at the beginning of Esther. Image taken from f. 132v of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Great Bible'), with... More

Jeremiah from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 193

Jeremiah from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 193

Detail of an historiated initial 'D' of God touching the mouth of Jeremiah. Image taken from f. 193 of Bible (the 'Big' or 'Great Bible'), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names. Wr... More

Haggai from BL Harley 2803, f. 281

Haggai from BL Harley 2803, f. 281

Detail of a historiated initial 'I'(n anno) depicting the standing prophet holding a scroll, at the beginning of Haggai (Aggaeus). Image taken from f. 281 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible),... More

Simon Magus, Peter and Paul from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 1

Simon Magus, Peter and Paul from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 1

Detail of a historiated initial 'Q'(uant) of Simon Magus and Peter and Paul before Nero, at the beginning of the rubric 'Ci commence li escris de seint Pere et de seint Pol encontre Symon Mague devant lempereo... More

Simeon from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 222v

Simeon from BL Royal 20 D VI, f. 222v

Detail of an historiated initial 'S'(eint) of Simeon on his pillar, with the pilgrims below. Image taken from f. 222v of Lives of the Saints. Written in French.

King Edward III from BL YT 48, f. 41

King Edward III from BL YT 48, f. 41

Detail of an historiated initial 'C'(ome) of Edward III, at the beginning of his Statutes. Image taken from f. 41 of Nova Statuta (index Statutes of England, Statuta Angliae, Statute book), from Edward III to H... More

Stoning of Stephen from BL YT 49, vol. 1, f. 16

Stoning of Stephen from BL YT 49, vol. 1, f. 16

Detail of a miniature of the stoning of Stephen, with an historiated initial 'E'(stienne) of Stephen preaching, at the beginning of his legend. Image taken from vol. 1, f. 16 of The Golden Legend (La Légende Do... More

Wet-nurse from BL Sloane 2435, f. 28v

Wet-nurse from BL Sloane 2435, f. 28v

Detail of historiated initial 'A' with the choosing a wet-nurse: A noble woman tests the exposed breast of a propective nurse. Image taken from f. 28v of Le Régime du corps (ff. 1-75v); Image du monde (ff. 77-1... More

Hosea and Gomer from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 306

Hosea and Gomer from BL Royal 1 C II, f. 306

Detail of a historiated initial 'V'(erbum) of Hosea and Gomer, at the beginning of Hosea. Image taken from f. 306 of Bible, with the Interpretation of Hebrew names (imperfect). Written in Latin.

Peter from BL YT 29, f. 55v

Peter from BL YT 29, f. 55v

Detail of an historiated initial 'D'(eus) of Peter with a book, with a partial border of flowers, leaves, and a bird. Image taken from f. 55v of Book of Hours, Use of Rome (the 'Hours of Bonaparte Ghislieri', f... More

Church Fathers from BL Harley 4902, f. 1

Church Fathers from BL Harley 4902, f. 1

Historiated initial 'G'(loriosissimam) with Augustine as a bishop, with stigmata, combined with a three-sided white vine border including the coats of arms of the Hungarian humanists Janus Vitez (index John Vit... More

Author portrait from BL Harley 3969, f. 41

Author portrait from BL Harley 3969, f. 41

Historiated initial 'E'(x Cassiodoro) with the author Cassiodorus pointing at an open book, and a foliated tendril extending into the margin; the body of the letter contains a blue figure. Smaller historiated i... More

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

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

David and the Amalekite from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 72v

David and the Amalekite from BL Royal 1 E IX, f. 72v

Detail of an historiated initial 'F'(actum est) of the Amalekite telling David of Saul's death and holding Saul's crown, and the Amalekite being killed, at the beginning of 2 Kings. Image taken from f. 72v of B... More

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 4, p. 173v – Matriculation Register of the Rectorate of the University of Basel, Volume 2 (1586-1653)

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 4, p. 173v – Matriculation Regist...

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

Rabbis at Benei Braq from BL Add 14761, f. 31v

Rabbis at Benei Braq from BL Add 14761, f. 31v

Historiated initial-word panel: ~Ma'aseh~, at the beginning of the account of the five rabbis at Benei Braq. The five rabbis are in the windows of a building; their pupils are knocking on the door. Full foliate... More

Christ before Caiaphas from BL Add 18196, ff. 43-45, f. 45

Christ before Caiaphas from BL Add 18196, ff. 43-45, f. 45

Historiated initial 'O' of Christ before Caiaphas. Image taken from f. 45 of Cuttings from a choir book.

Historiated initial and border from BL Harley 3510, f. 2

Historiated initial and border from BL Harley 3510, f. 2

Historiated initial 'M'(aecenas) with Horace, bust-length, at the beginning of the text and full decorated border with foliate decoration, flowers, besants, birds, a vase, winged putti, a wreath enclosing the M... More

Crucifixion from BL Eg 3018, f. 23v

Crucifixion from BL Eg 3018, f. 23v

Miniature with the Crucifixion, and historiated initial with God supporting the dead Christ, with a full foliate border. Image taken from f. 23v of Missal, Use of Cologne. Written in Latin.

Lactantius from BL Harley 3057, f. 5v

Lactantius from BL Harley 3057, f. 5v

Detail of historiated initial 'M'(agno) with author portrait (Lactantius) at the beginning of the text. Image taken from f. 5v of Divinae institutiones (ff. 5v-108); De ira Dei (ff. 108v-118); De opificio Dei (... More

King Edward III from BL Harley 5233, f. 11

King Edward III from BL Harley 5233, f. 11

Historiated initial with king Edward III (r. 1327-1377) combined with a full foliate bar border at the beginning of his statutes. Image taken from f. 11 of Nova Statuta (index Statuta Angliae, Statute book, Sta... More

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

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

Detail of an historiated initial 'D'(ominus) of the Temptation of Christ, at the beginning of Psalm 26. Image taken from f. 37 of Psalter. Written in Latin.

The Calling of Peter and Andrew. from BL Add 18196, f. 84, f. 84

The Calling of Peter and Andrew. from BL Add 18196, f. 84, f. 84

Historiated initial 'D' of the Calling of Peter and Andrew. Image taken from f. 84 of Cutting from a choir book.

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