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01 September 2013

A Calendar Page for September 2013

For more details on calendar pages or the Golf Book, please see the post for January 2013.

The important end-of-the-summer work in the fields continues in these calendar pages for September.  In the opening miniature, men are ploughing with teams of horses, while another man sows grain from a bulging sack.  Behind them can be seen a modest farmhouse, and to the right, a man knocking acorns from the trees to feed the pigs that have gathered around him, in a labour more usually associated with November or December.  In the bas-de-page, a group of white-clad men are playing at marbles, while another is trying his luck on a pair of stilts.  On the following page, below the saints' days for September and a roundel of a scorpion for Scorpio, is a scene of men playing a game that closely resembles golf (hence the name given to this manuscript, the Golf Book); for more details on this unique depiction, please see our post A Good Walk Spoiled.

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Calendar page for September with a miniature of labourers ploughing and sowing grain, from the Golf Book (Book of Hours, Use of Rome), workshop of Simon Bening, Netherlands (Bruges), c. 1540, Additional MS 24098, f. 26v

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Calendar page for September with a bas-de-page scene of a men playing a golf-type game, from the Golf Book (Book of Hours, Use of Rome), workshop of Simon Bening, Netherlands (Bruges), c. 1540, Additional MS 24098, f. 27r

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