01 June 2011
A Calendar Page for June
For a further discussion of medieval calendars, as well as the Isabella Breviary itself, please see the post for January.
The calendar page for June from the Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile, Add MS 18851, f. 4
On this calendar page for June, the zodiac sign for Cancer is depicted as a rather odd-looking crab (although this lobster-like version of the crustacean is a fairly common one in medieval manuscripts). Below, the romance of May has given way to the hard work of the hay harvest, with peasants cutting hay and stacking it (while one man takes a bit of a refreshment break).