Item No: mca1250040
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rouen
Latin; Calendar, some rubrics and prayers in French
Rare Book Department
August and September
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 Sauveur, which was celebrated on August 6, and is indicated here in blue.
Calendars in medieval books of hours were typically decorated with the zodiac signs and labors or activities appropriate to each month. Here, August is represented by the symbol of Virgo and by two men threshing. On the next page, September is represented by the symbol of Libra and by the labor of sowing.
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Lewis E 125