Lancelot-Graal Project
Amsterdam, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, MS 1, vol. ii, f. 202r


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Champie initial

This initial 'C' is a champie initial, so-called because the gold letter C is set against a background of two colours, pink and blue (French champ pie = pied field).  In this manuascript champies often accompany miniatures and serve to mark the first letter of the first word following a picture.  Often in this manuscript and in Royal 14.E.III a larger champie serves to mark an important place in the text and to stand instead of a miniature.  In those cases the champie is often preceded by a rubric.  Here the rubric is above the miniature.