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Bay 02 - Life of St Andrew
(All images © Dr Stuart Whatling)
Modern panels by Coffetier (Not photographed) 16 - Andrew prepares for his martyrdom 17 - Andrew gives a tunic to the beggar 18 - Andrew presiding at Mass 19 - Slaying the serpent that vomited blood 20 - The child killed by the serpent is revived 21 - St John and St Peter appear to Andrew 22 - Andrew intercedes on behalf of the boy falsely accused of incest 23 - Andrew tells his followers of his impending martyrdom 24 - The raising of Demetrius' servant 25 - Aegeas comes to watch Andrew's execution 26 - Andrew preaching to the guards from his prison cell 27 - Aegeas condemns Andrew to death 28 - Andrew talking to a blind beggar 29 - Andrew is fastened to the cross sideways 30 - Aegeas is told of Andrew's suffering 31 - The Proconsul Aegeas questioning Andrew 32 - Andrew continues preaching from the cross until his eventual death 33 - The tormenting of Aegeas 34-36 - Christ in majesty
Key to panels (in approximate narrative order):
01-15 - Modern panels added by Coffetier in 1872 (Not photographed)

22 - Andrew intercedes on behalf of the boy falsely accused of incest
24 - The raising of Demetrius' servant

28 - Andrew talking to a blind beggar
17 - Andrew gives a tunic to the beggar

19 - Slaying the serpent that vomited blood
20 - The child killed by the serpent is revived

18 - Andrew presiding at Mass
21 - St John and St Peter appear to Andrew
23 - Andrew tells his followers of his impending martyrdom

31 - The Proconsul Aegeas questioning Andrew
27 - Aegeas condemns Andrew to death
26 - Andrew preaching to the guards from his prison cell
16 - Andrew prepares for his martyrdom
29 - Andrew is fastened to the cross sideways
30 - Aegeas is told of Andrew's suffering
25 - Aegeas comes to watch Andrew's execution
32 - Andrew continues preaching from the cross until his eventual death
33 - The tormenting of Aegeas
34-36 - Christ in majesty

 

Overview:

By the time Alexandre Pintard came to write his description of Chartres Cathedral (c. 1700) the lower half of this window was already missing. Thus when Coffetier interpolated fifteen new panels as part of his 1872 restoration, the scenes he created were based on pure speculation. Several of the surviving original panels are now in the wrong positions, including some which would naturally have fitted into the early stages of the story. Presumably then, the window had suffered general deterioration or damage during its lifetime until, at some time prior to the 18th century, an unknown restorer discarded half of the panels, consolidating the rest rather haphazardly in the upper half of the frame.

Yves Delaporte identified a major source for the stories of St Andrew depicted here as the "History of the Apostolic Contest" by Pseudo-Abdias - an unknown hagiographer/compiler who purported to be Abdias (Obadiah), first Bishop of Babylon - but who was probably French and who wrote no earlier than the late 6th century.