The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Fol. 7v - July

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Fol. 7v - July

Limbourg brothers

The chariot of the Sun passes from Cancer to Leo. During the summer, the peasants in simple tunics, under straw hats, harvest the wheat. In the fields, we see scattered poppies and cornflowers. A shepherd and a shepherdess shear the young sheep. In the Boivre (a sluggish, reeded watercourse) swans make their way — the symbolic bird of John of Berry. The Boivre flows into the Clain, the river which flows alongside the ancient castle of Poitiers, reconstructed by the duke and noteworthy for its triangular ground plan and its annexes, all moated. Access to the castle is ensured by footway and drawbridge.

 

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