The Breslau Psalter


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The Calendar includes all three feast days (22 January, 24 April and 6 June) of St Vincent whose relics were at the Premonstratensian monastery of St Vincent in Breslau. The twelve double-page openings, each dedicated to a month in the Calendar, are framed within twin arches with pillars supported by beasts and hybrids. Miniatures beneath the arches show Labours of the Month, Zodiac signs and scenes illustrating clauses of the Apostles’ Creed. Religious feasts or busts of saints are depicted in the side borders beside their mention in the Calendar.

The first Calendar page for January shows a man warming and feasting by the fire; (left border) Circumcision, Massacre of the Innocents, Adoration of the Magi, a saint, St Maurus; (right border) Martyrdom of St Stephen, St John in cauldron of boiling oil, St Paul the first hermit, St Felix, St Marcellus.

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