Book of Hours, use of Rouen

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Rouen

Item Info

Item No: mca1260030
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rouen
Script: Bastarda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: ff. 3v-4r
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Calendars in books of hours were primarily used to keep track of the feast days of the church. In this sumptuously decorated calendar, the most important feasts days are written in gold. 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 primarily in that city, such as the feast of St. Martial, entered here in gold on July 3rd.

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 sheep herding. Opposite, July is represented by the symbol of Leo and the labor of reaping.
Notes: Opening showing the months of June and July
Notes: This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1560479
Country: Country:France

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1510
Image Dimensions Width: 166 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 126

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