Q: Is an initial often several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts? ¶
A: Yes, and sometimes ornately decorated.
Q: Were initials printed using separate blocks in woodcut or metalcut techniques? ¶
Q: Were initials an Insular invention? ¶
A: Yes, but did not come into their own until the later developments of Ottonian art, Anglo-Saxon art, and the Romanesque style in particular.
Q: Are initials morphologically classified: the rubricated letter? ¶
A: Yes, the epigraphic letter, imitating ancient Roman majuscules; the figurated initial; the historiated initial, that gives spatial support to scenes of a narrative character; etc.