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Historiated Capitals

Historiated or Ornamental Capitals serve to open a page or area of test as well as being decorative elements. The medieval manuscript did not carry a Title Page, instead the title was illuminated on the first page and would often be followed by another illumination which would begin the text of the book. (example) The manuscripts and the plant and animal depictions which occasional crop up in La Rate Blanche are based on The Book of Plants by Abū Ḥanīfa Dīnawarī, The Boucicaut Master and The Medieval Bestiary.