Manuscript Leaf with June Calendar, from a Royal Psalter


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This manuscript page from a psalter uses the same format as calendar pages found in a typical book of hours. June is written at the top; the text includes the names of saints and feasts to be celebrated during that month. The roundels in the right margin depict both the labor associated with June (scything grain) and the sign of the zodiac, Cancer (here represented with 8 legs). In the lower margin is a tinted drawing of the martyrdoms of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29th; the corresponding holy day is listed in gold letters.

Manuscript Leaf with June Calendar, from a Royal Psalter, Tempera and gold on parchment, British

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