Medieval manuscripts blog

01 April 2011

A Calendar Page for April

For a further discussion of medieval calendars, as well as the Isabella Breviary itself, please see the post for January.

  A page from the Isabella Breviary, showing the calendar for April, with scenes of people celebrating the arrival of Spring. 

The calendar page for April from the Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile, Add MS 18851, f. 3

This page is from the calendar for April, and depicts the zodiac sign for Taurus the bull in the upper right of the folio.  Calendrical 'labours of the month' for April are among the most varied, and typically show scenes of people celebrating the arrival of spring.  In this miniature, two young lovers are walking by a river, close to a man fishing and a group of people enjoying a boat ride.


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