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Bestiaries – books of beasts – were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and legendary creatures. Each beast was an allegory: “Animals, both real and imagined, wild and domestic, were thought to have significance beyond themselves” (James Grout). For example, the pelican, devoted to its children, was believed …

Bestiaries – books of beasts – were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and legendary creatures. Each beast was an allegory: “Animals, both real and imagined, wild and domestic, were thought to have significance beyond themselves” (James Grout). For example, the pelican, devoted to its children, was believed …

Image from the Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Inhabited Initial. An enlarged letter at the beginning of a chapter, paragraph, or important section of a text that contains human or animal figures but not an identifiable narrative scene (which is a HISTORIATED INITIAL). Inhabited initials are particularly characteristic of ROMANESQUE illumination. BORDERS can also be inhabited.

Image from the Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Inhabited Initial. An enlarged letter at the beginning of a chapter, paragraph, or important section of a text that contains human or animal figures but not an identifiable narrative scene (which is a HISTORIATED INITIAL). Inhabited initials are particularly characteristic of ROMANESQUE illumination. BORDERS can also be inhabited.

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Book of Hours, MS G.50 fol. 6v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum Book of Hours England, possibly York, 1316-1331

Book of Hours, MS G.50 fol. 6v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum Book of Hours England, possibly York, 1316-1331

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 178: Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose. Jean de Meun, Le Testament (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/bge/fr0178)

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 178: Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose. Jean de Meun, Le Testament (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/bge/fr0178)

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