Item No: mca1250030
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 holy days appear in blue and red ink, the most important days were 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 Romain, the patron Saint of Rouen, which was celebrated on June 17 and is indicated here in red.
Calendars in medieval books of hours were typically decorated with the zodiac signs and labors or activities appropriate to each month. Here, June is represented by the symbol of Cancer and a woman shearing sheep. On the next page, July is represented by the symbol of Leo and the labor of reaping.
June and July
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Lewis E 125