This Illuminated Letter is from the L'Ornementation des Manuscrits au Moyen-Age (The Ornamentation of Manuscripts of the Middle Age), a French book published in 1894. An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and in color with gold applied in areas, while the rest of the text remained black. The images used to enhance the letters include animals, plants, and mythological creatures. These images were modified to fit into or around the letter, or in some cases took on the shape of the letter itself.