The Medieval Calendar

The Medieval Calendar

Video created by the Getty Museum

The medieval calendar served as a map of the Church year. While following the method of the Roman calendar in determining dates, it also listed saints’ days and other religious feasts and recorded the phases of the moon. Many calendars also featured related illustrations of saints, feasts, monthly labors, leisure activities, and signs of the zodiac.

Excerpt: Calendars used during the Middle Ages were very different from the simple calendars we use today. In the middle ages people experienced time very differently. For those who could decipher it the medieval calendar was a map of the church year.

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