Item No: mca1260030
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rouen
Rare Book Department
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.
Opening showing the months of June and July
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.
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Lewis E 126