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A Medieval Book of Seasons

A Medieval Book of Seasons by Marie Collins and Virginia Davis

About the cycle of the year in medieval times.

Opens with a discussion of measuring time in the era, and some other aspects of medieval life, and then four sections on spring, summer, fall, and winter.  Includes a lot of illustrations for Books of Hours, which were heavily conventionalized -- from England to Italy, despite the differences in climate, the activities were usually the same and seldom even shifted by month -- but a good source of information.  Discusses agriculture, animal husbandry, games, and more.

Popular rather than scholarly.
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