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Image © Hildesheim, St Godehard

The Lamspringe ownership, inscribed on p1, is repeated here.

The twelfth-century text, in blue, red, green and black begins with computistical information. It deals with the days of the week and the phases of the moon. A fuller explanation of the medieval liturgical calendar, in particular the meaning of technical words which appear on pp1-15, is given under Keeping Time.

The information set out in circles explains how many nones, kalends and ides there are in each month.

The columns at the bottom are two tables. The four columns on the left explain how to calculate on which day of the week the first day of the month will fall in a 28-year period. The seven columns on the right deal with the age of the moon in any month during a complete epact-cycle of 19 years.

It should be noticed that this complex computistical information, also found on p15, occupies the inner pages of a single bifolium, whose outer sheets (p1 and 16) were originally blank.

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