Illuminated Manuscript: Calendar


Illuminated Manuscript: Calendar


  • Intro

    This page for October in a calendar shows a man ploughing, another sowing, and the zodiac sign, Scorpio. Many calendars from this period reveal the way time was measured out by the movement of the heavens; by religious saints' days and feast days; and also according to the seasons and agricultural cycle. Images of the Labours of the Months in calendars often show labourers pruning vines (March), reaping wheat (July), or knocking acorns from oak trees for pigs (October) which are later slaughtered (November); in other months, we see the gentry enjoying the benefits 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: Harley 5763 f. 13

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