Anglo-Saxon Months

Continuing my thrilling series on the old names of the months, we come to February – Solmonath. As with January there is some debate as to the meaning. The obvious conclusion is that sol relates to the sun, and February is when the first signs of spring are 2CottonTiberiusFebruaryseen and heard. But sol is also the old English word for mud, and having just come in from taking the dog for his walk I can vouch that it is equally appropriate! The Venerable Bede wrote that Solmonath was the ‘month of cakes’, when people made cakes to offer to their gods. In the illustration for February, our peasants are pruning some sort of plants.


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