Get a Glimpse of Country Life in Late Medieval France From a Richly Illustrated Book of Hours

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an illustration for February for the book of hours produced for the French Duke of Berry around 1412 to 1416 showing an outdoor farm scene
Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, illumination on vellum made between 1412 and 1416

Scenes typical of winter in central France from the medieval cycle of Occupations:

People toast their feet before a fire while the chimney puffs wispy smoke. Outside, a farmhand or probably a son, having finished chores with frozen hands, is ready to join them. Since it is winter, the plow sits idle. But nevertheless Read more