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Calendar for calculating Easter - 00In Latin, manuscript on paper
[France (Auxerre?), c. 1400]

This interesting manuscript contains the tables and computational data for the calculation of Easter and other major movable and immovable feast days throughout the calendar year. It employs several methods of calculation to ensure the proper calculation of Easter given the variants of the Julian calendar and the problems of astronomical calculation prior to the scientific revolution of the sixteenth century. This calendar show the development of the precision in calculating Easter with the incorporation of the Arabic numerals and astronomical treatises brought into circulation in Europe from the eleventh century onward. The increasing inaccuracy of the lunar tables established by the Venerable Bede was noted in the later Middle Ages to be increasingly problematic. In this calendar, golden numbers are assigned to other days, falling four days earlier than the earlier Bedean tables, which this author does not use.

Calendar for calculating Easter - 02

The calendar tables in this manuscript are designed to function on several temporal levels, from the specific calculations of Easter for the years 1400-1440 on f. 74, to the nineteen-year metonic and 72-year cycles found on f. 3v. Attention is paid to the importance of leap year in the table found on f. 2r and f. 3v. Throughout the manuscript, the author uses solar and lunar cycles in conjunction with the positions of the astrological signs corresponding to each month. One interesting feature is the incorporation of the zodiac with the position of the moon on f. 7v to determine whether or not actions taken during this period would be good or bad as they are attached to the twelve signs.

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