For us the alphabet is usually a means of communication, but in the Middle Ages, it was one of the great vehicles for amusement and instruction, as well as beauty. Fanciful devices, symbolic elements, floral beauty, narrative cartoons, and a world of other embellishments worked into initial letters both delighted and improved the Medieval mind.
Theodore Menten, one of New York's foremost designers, has selected and rendered 50 fine Medieval initials. They range from beautiful Celtic floral interlacements to biblical scenes, knights, martyrdoms, grotesque animals, portraits, scenes of play and war and much else from treasured Medieval manuscripts. The designs are also permission-free, which means that they are available for use in a wide variety of crafts and graphic arts projects.
There are 48 pages in this 8-1/4 by ll inch paperbound coloring book.