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Chastel de Labour
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La Voie de Povreté ou de Richesse (Le Livre du Chastel de Labour) by Jacques Bruyant
France, Paris or possibly Rouen, c. 143040
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The Author Joins Other Laborers in the Castle of Work. This miniature is part of a moralizing story called Le Livre du Chastel de Labour (The Book of the Castle of Work), in which a newlywed man has a dream that teaches him the value of labor. He visits the Castle of Work, seen here, where several men use saws, mallets, and a level to build the castle. In the margin, four additional figures are engaged in work appropriate to the four seasons: planting seeds (spring), harvesting wheat (summer), pruning (winter), and gathering grapes (fall). The book was owned by the Beuville family of Normandy. Their emblem, a crenellated wall with a gate, appears in the lower margin. (Also featured on the CD-ROM.)

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener 1, fol. 61v

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