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D is for Dragon - Medieval Alphabet Letter 8x10 Print

d is for david the dragon in a medieval alphabet letter

Book of Hours, Valencia, c. 1460 Vellum, 167 leaves, 150 x 100 mm. Chemise binding. This is a page from St. Augustine, La Cite de Dieu (City of God).

Medieval Ornament Illuminated Manuscripts no. 2: Portions of illuminated manuscripts of the thirteenth and fourteenth ce... (1856)

This is exquisite work. Giving credit where credit is due: www.mireille-enluminure.fr for the artist who has worked so hard to create such beautiful art..

Lindisfarne Gospels: Initial page to St John’s Gospel. This is the opening page of the text of St John’s gospel, from the Lindisfarne Gospels which was made around 698AD at the Abbey of Lindisfarne. The small lines of text you can see under the decorated words are a translation into Anglo-Saxon that was added in the tenth century.

Anne Boleyn’s love of illuminated manuscripts had begun at the court of Margaret of Austria, who had a vast collection of them, but if it began in the Low Countries it blossomed in France because Queen Claude also loved illumination, as is clear when we examine her Prayer Book and Book of Hours from 1517.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1156B, detail of f. 135r (man and woman gathering letters of the alphabet). Book of Hours, use of Rome (15th century)