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Harvesting acorns

c. 1310 - 1320

Harvesting acorns

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    The calendars of medieval prayer books show the way that people measured out time by the movement of the heavens, by religious saints and feast days and also according to the seasons and agricultural cycle. Images in calendars often show labourers pruning vines (March), reaping wheat (July) or knocking acorns from oak trees for pigs (October) that are later slaughtered (November). In other months, we see the wealthy enjoying the fruits of this labour, for example feasting (January) or indulging in leisure activities. In April, gentlemen are sometimes shown hawking, and in May elegantly dressed lovers are shown strolling in a meadow.

     

    Shelfmark: Royal 2 B VII f.81v

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