Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - March

By the Limbourg Brothers

Revised 5 December 1996

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[March] The traditional occupation of March is that of trimming the vines, as depicted in the left quadrant of this scene. The edifice in the center of the crossroads is a montjoy. Notice the winged serpent above the Chateau of Lusignan. The winged serpent is the form taken by the foundress and protectress of the castle, Melusine. Her legend was recorded by Jean d'Arras, the secretary of the Duke de Berry. It was said that were lower limbs were transformed into a dragon tail every Saturday. Melusine is a symbol of fertility (of land and construction).

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