To begin this post, I will confess to having an attachment to the date of birth that Richard III wrote in his personal prayer-book. In his own hand, he inscribed next to the entry for October 2 the words “hac die natus erat Ricardus Rex anglie IIIus apud ffoderingay Anno D’ni mcccc lijo” (“at this day had been born King Richard III of England, at Fotheringhay, in the year of our Lord 1452”). I was born on October 2, five centuries later. As a student of “Ricardian” history, it’s a point of pride for me to be born on the same calendar day as Richard — which makes me rather eccentric to say the least.
Richard III’s Book of Hours – with handwritten notation of his birthdate (L)
Nevertheless, it’s rare that we get to see anyone from the medieval period writing down their birthday, and so it…
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I have just bought this British Library “Illuminated Manuscripts” calendar for 2017. It’s gorgeous, and the illustrations are magnificent reproductions. I bought it from Amazon – couldn’t find it on the British Library site.
If you follow the link, you can see small pictures of all twelve illustrations. August’s picture is of Henry VII adoring the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, but it doesn’t look in the least like him. More like Edward IV! And anyway, August is only one month out of twelve. Right? So don’t let him put you off. It’s still a great calendar to enjoy.
There is another gorgeous calendar available, again at Amazon, but this time from the Fitzwilliam Museum. http://tinyurl.com/zlms8yp. This time I haven’t spotted any sneaky Henrys.