Mini-Podcast - Episode 39: New Year’s Gifting & the Magi

December 31, 2021

The new year is a time that has inspired gifting and exchange throughout history in recognition of new beginnings. Yet, the date of New years has moved around frequently as calendars have shifted and it has been celebrated in many different ways. Today, we take a look at some of the different celebrations that occured in medieval Europe, ending with a quick look at an iconic moment of gifting painted in many Books of Hours: the Adoration of the Magi. What were medieval joyaux and what does Quasimodo have to do with new years celebrations? Find out today on the Les Enluminures podcast. 

Resources:

Göldene Rössl https://archives.history.ac.uk/richardII/charlesVI.html 
Minnekästchen Casket with Two Lovers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwy27RR9o0Y 
Thourotte Hours (BOH215) https://www.lesenluminures.com/artworks/categories/5/9820-thourotte-hours-use-of-metz-france-metz-c.-1340/ 
Book of Hours by the Master of the Prayerbooks of 1500 (BOH205) https://www.lesenluminures.com/artworks/categories/4/9804-book-of-hours-use-of-rome-southern-netherlands-bruges-c.-1500/