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01 May 2011

A Calendar Page for May

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

  C11401-05

Additional 18851, f. 3v: calendar page for May

This page, from the calendar for May, includes the zodiac sign for Gemini in the upper left of the folio, depicted as a nude man and woman embracing.  A common theme for May miniatures is that of courting and romance, and the lower miniature on this folio is a classic example.  It shows a similar landscape as was depicted in April, with couples walking through a vibrant landscape, and enjoying a ride on a river.

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