Gospel Lectionary, Ornamented headpiece and initial letter "Pi" with Herod's feast, Walters Manuscript fol. This is one of twenty-six known manuscripts by the hand of Luke the Cypriot (active an accomplished Greek calligrapher
Illuminated manuscript The vibrant luminosity of gold leaf, as it reflected light from the pages of handwitten books, gave the sensation of the page being literally illuminated this dazzling effect gave birth to the term illuminated manuscript.
(I think those flowers are Sweet Peas!) Book of Hours (Bodmer Hours), ca. Michelino da Besozzo (Italian, act. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment; x 12 cm) Contents: 95 folios, with 22 full-page illuminations The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York