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All twelve months of the year are depicted in roundels as Labours of the Month. Below them on the right is the sign of the Zodiac. All the calendrical numbers and letters are explained under Keeping Time, the selection of saints is discussed under Feast Days, and the various scribes under Scribes.

In March, a man holds a flowering branch in which a bird sits. This refers to the start of Spring. The sign is Aries, the ram. Note that the word pape (pope) has been erased after St Gregory, indicating that the manuscript was still in England after the Reformation, when Henry VIII proscribed the use of the word ‘pope’.

The scribe erases an error in his golden number sequence, correcting xvii to xvi.

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