History by the Month: February and the Peterborough Psalter

February image (MS 53, f. 1v)
MS 53, f. 1v

The Peterborough Psalter was illuminated in East Anglia, c.1310-20, perhaps for Oliver de Wisset. By the mid-fourteenth century it was in the possession of the prior of Peterborough Abbey. The Calendar page for February includes the saints and feast days appropriate for that month, and little roundels showing a man seated by the fire cooking winter soup and the zodiac symbol of the two fish, Pisces, for  February-March.

 

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