Item No: mca1250011
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rouen
Latin; Calendar, some rubrics and prayers in French
Rare Book Department
Calendars in books of hours were primarily used to keep track of the feast days of the church. While most of the feast days are written in blue and red ink in this manuscript, the most important days are indicated with golden letters. We know that this book of hours was intended to be used by someone who lived in Rouen due to the appearance in the calendar of feast days celebrated only in that city, such as the feast of the translation of the relics of Saint Anne, which are celebrated on January 30, and appears on this page in blue.
Medieval calendars were typically decorated with the zodiac signs and labors or activities appropriate to each month. Here, January is represented by the symbol of Aquarius in the lower right margin and by two men feasting at a dinner table to the left.
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Lewis E 125