The Limbourg Brothers were three great artists of the middle ages. Born in the Netherlands, they were employed to create manuscripts.
A book of heurs, medieval calendar was a popular type of book, made small enough to carry around. Middle ages calendars were a bit different than the calendars we are used to seeing today. They were guides, primarily for women, for prayers and to note saints days and religious feasts.
Four columns were commonly found on calendars. One containing roman numerals was used to determine the phases of the moon, Easter and associated holidays. Another repeated the letters A thru G which were used to determine the day of the week A stood for Sunday, B for Monday and so on. Instead of dividing the month into weeks as we do, the month was divided into three unequal segments called Kalens, Nones and Ides.
The fourth column was used to note special events. Living in Germany, it is interesting to note that calendars here are often in a vertical format that looks similar to the medieval calendars.
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