9. CALENDAR PAGE

Book of Hours
, Use of York, Latin Bruges,
late 15th century
Parchment,
34.5 x 23.5 cm 72 leaves

State Library of Victoria, *f096/R66 Hb, fol. 2r
 

The calendar was an important medieval text which regularly appeared in liturgical and personal prayer books. It had its own special format, with a series of vertical and horizontal divisions for the entry of computational data, as well as the names of seasonal feasts and saints' days. In this calendar from a late 15th century book of hours, which was made probably in Bruges for an English patron, important feasts are written in red (from which comes the phrase 'red letter days'). The miniature in the border depicts the activity for the month of February: the cutting of trees for firewood.