Bay 115 - St Eustace / Infancy of Christ

 

Index to panels:

A1 - Knight/Donor (with arms of the de Beaumont Family)

A2 - St Eustace's vision of Christ between a stag's antlers

A3 - St Eustace and his family receiving baptism

A4 - Eustace refusing to worship a pagan idol

 

B1 - Female donor of the de Beaumont family

B2 - Annunciation

B3 - Nativity

B4 - Adoration of the Magi

 

C - Christ in Majesty

Overview:
 

This window, occupying the first clerestory bay on the east of the north transept, seems to have been a donation of the de Beaumont family, whose arms are shown in the donor panels at the bottom of each lancet. Otherwise, the left hand lancet depicts a highly condensed version of the St Eustace legend (see bay 43), while the right shows three scenes which are normally described as being from the life of Christ, though it might be more correct to say they are three of the 'Joys of the Virgin' (Annunciation, Nativity & Epiphany). The choice of narratives are thus highly gendered to suit the two donor figures - for the male donor, shown in full battle armour on his charging horse, the left lancet depicts a saintly knight whose example he might emulate, whilst the donatrix is shown beneath the ultimate female role-model (here shown in episodes that all stress her role as mother).

Sadly the window is quite corroded, hence the less than perfectly legible state of the photographs.

 
Other details:

 

A1 - Knight/Donor (with arms of the de Beaumont Family) A2 - St Eustace's vision of Christ between a stag's antlers A3 - St Eustace and his family receiving baptism A4 - Eustace refusing the Emperor's orders to worship a pagan idol B1 - Female donor of the de Beaumont family B2 - Annunciation B3 - Nativity B4 - Adoration of the Magi C - Christ in Majesty