Calendar research - works from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Modern calendars provide an overview of the days, weeks and months in a year. The name is derived from the Latin term calendarium, which means debt register. This was originally a list of the calends, i.e. the first day of each of the ancient months on which loans were dispersed, loan repayments and interest claims were due. In the European Middle Ages, calendars are often found as components of liturgical manuscripts, such as psalms or books of hours, in which the most important feasts of saints were also recorded. It is often possible to derive statements about a manuscript's place or region of origin (usually dioceses) from the presence of local saints. In addition to pure calendar tables, zodiacal and monthly pictures can also regularly be found. Prominent examples among the top pieces presented in bavarikon are the Flemish Book of Hours (Clm 28345) with its beautiful calendar sections, the monastic psalter by Leonhard Beck (Clm 4301) and the calendar with practical work for the years 1368-1405 (Cgm 32).

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