Harrowing in the Luttrell Psalter

c.1325 - 1335

Harrowing - Luttrell Psalter


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    This picture is from the Luttrell Psalter, one of the most famous medieval manuscripts because of its rich illustrations of everyday rural life in the 1300s. The manuscript shows the varying seasons and the different work carried out on the land throughout the year, from the preparation of the ground and the sowing of wheat, to its harvest and transport. The images include wonderful details, such as this one in which a man uses a slingshot to hurl rocks at crows, thus scaring them away from the freshly ploughed field.


    In the Middle Ages, the majority of the population lived in the countryside, and some 85% were peasants. Peasants worked to produce food, fuel, wool and other resources. The countryside was divided into manorial estates, run by a lord or an institution, such as a monastery or college.


    Shelfmark: Add. 42130 f.17v

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