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Bay 39 - The Life and Miracles of St Nicholas (III)
(All images © Dr Stuart Whatling, 2009)
01 - Signature panel (Merchant selling belts) 02 - Signature panel (Merchant/apothecary) 03 - Signature panel (Merchant with scales) 04 - Nativity of Nicholas; his mother receiving her post-partum meal 05 - Nativity of St Nicholas; the miracle of his first bath 06 - The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays 07 - During a famine, Nicholas persuades sailors to give the town some grain (left panel of pair) 08 - The sailors bringing grain ashore (right panel of pair) 09 - The young St Nicholas does well at school 10 - Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters 11 - The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him 12 - Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop 18 - Installation of Nicholas as Bishop of Myra 13 - Nicholas addressing the three princes, Nepotian, Ursus and Apilion 14 - The three princes saved by Nicholas carrying gifts from the Emperor 15 - The miracle of the boiling baby, saved by the intervention of St Nicholas 16 - An old couple's only son falls overboard en-route to the Saint's shrine 17 - The child lost at sea is found safe and well at the Saint's shrine 23 - A crook swears by St Nicholas that he will return a money-lender's gold 21 - The crook gives the Jew his staff to hold and swears he has returned his money 22 - The swindler and his staff are crushed under the wheels of a cart 19 - A murderous innkeeper welcomes three students to his inn 20 - The innkeeper murders the three students in their sleep 24 - A Jewish merchant flogs a statue of Nicholas for not protecting his valuables
Index to panels:
01 - Signature panel (Merchant selling belts)
02 - Signature panel (Merchant/apothecary)
03 - Signature panel (Merchant with scales)

04 - Nativity of Nicholas; his mother receiving her post-partum meal
05 - Nativity of St Nicholas; the miracle of his first bath
06 - The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays

07 - During a famine, Nicholas persuades sailors to give the town some grain
08 - The sailors bringing grain ashore (right panel of pair)

09 - The young St Nicholas does well at school

10 - Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters
11 - The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him

12 - Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop
18 - Installation of Nicholas as Bishop of Myra

13 - Nicholas addressing the three princes, Nepotian, Ursus and Apilion
14 - The three princes saved by Nicholas carrying gifts from the Emperor

15 - The miracle of the boiling baby, saved by the intervention of St Nicholas

16 - An old couple's only son falls overboard en-route to the Saint's shrine
17 - The child lost at sea is found safe and well at the Saint's shrine

19 - A murderous innkeeper welcomes three students to his inn
20 - The innkeeper murders the three students in their sleep

23 - A crook swears by St Nicholas that he will return a money-lender's gold
21 - The crook gives the Jew his staff to hold and swears he has returned his money
22 - The swindler and his staff are crushed under the wheels of a cart

24 - A Jewish merchant flogs a statue of Nicholas for not protecting his valuables

Overview:
One of three windows dedicated to St Nicholas at Chartres. The selection of episodes seems uncoordinated and almost slapdash, with several of the miracles appearing in bay 14 and bay 29b also appearing here. In some cases the individual scenes chosen from each story also seems strange. For example in the story of the three students murdered by an innkeeper, we see their arrival at the inn and their murder, but not the key nucleus where St Nicholas brings them back to life. Whilst the apparent randomness of scene selection and repetition does not equal that of the Nicholas windows at Le Mans, there would appear to be something in the episodic nature of the Vitae of St Nicholas that encouraged an a la carte approach to visual story-telling, even within the supposedly coherent 'programme' at Chartres.