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01 December 2011

A Calendar Page for December

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

  C11402-04

Additional 18851, f. 7: calendar page for December

On this calendar page for the month of December, the zodiac sign for Capricorn is more prosaic than usually depicted; the traditional half-goat, half-fish figure has lost its piscene lower half.  Below him, and under a wintry sky, the work of slaughtering, butchering, and cooking the fattened hogs of November is taking place in the courtyard of a brick building. 

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