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Tales of the Middle Ages - Christmas. An abstract: "New Year's, like Christmas, was an occasion for gift giving, and Mathew Paris noted that in 1249 Henry III exacted from London citizens "one by one, the first gifts, which the people are accustomed superstitiously to call New Year's gifts." "First gifts" were omens of success for the coing year. So was the first person who entered the house after midnight, the "first-foot," who determined the fortunes of the family for the year. In some…

John of Berry's Petites Heures France, Paris Century.


flute-playing contest between Corydon and Thyrsis with Daphnis as judge (fol Virgil's Opera Omnia, ca. (KB 76 E 21 I)

Historia Troiana, Austria

Historia Troiana, Austria

Arundel 83 f.124 Annunciation to the Shepherds

Annunciation to the Shepherds, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). Madonna Master f.

Book of Hours, MS M.314 fol. 73v - Belgium, possibly Tournai, end of the 14th century - Shepherds: Annunciation

Book of Hours, MS fol. - Belgium, possibly Tournai, end of the century - Shepherds: Annunciation

García del Barco, Tryptic of the Nativity,

García del Barco, Tryptic of the Nativity,