Bay 12 - The Life of St Remigius (Rémy)

 

  Index to panels:
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02 - Donor figure praying before a statue of the Virgin and Child

01 - The infant Remigius cures the blind hermit, Montanus

03 - Brigands attack Remigius in his hermitage
04 - Remigius escapes, protected by heavenly flames (?)

05 - Remigius is chosen to be Archbishop of Reims
06 - Installation of Remigious as Archbishop

07 - Remigius cures a man posessed by a demon

08 - Clothilde seeks help converting her husband, King Clovis
09 - Remigius en route to the court of King Clovis
10 - Queen Clothilde welcoming Remigius to the royal court
11 - Remigius preaching to King Clovis and his court

12 - By prayer, Remigius stops a fire that threatened Reims
13 - Dining with a relative, Remigius learns they are out of wine...
14 - ...after Remigius prays, the wine barrels are miraculously filled

15 - Clothilde prays for the conversion of her husband, King Clovis
16 - Remigius also prays for the conversion of King Clovis
17 - Remigius baptizes Clovis
18 - Remigius blessing Clovis, the first Christian king of the Franks

19 - Remigius explaining something to King Clovis ?
20 - Remigius showing Clovis a vision ?

21+22 - Death and apotheosis of St Remigius

 

 

Overview:  

Remigius (aka Remi or Rémy) was Archibishop of Reims c.459-533. He is best known for the conversion and baptism of the first Christian King of the Franks, Clovis I.

This is quite a difficult window to unravel as some of the scenes (particularly panels 3, 4, 19 and 20) do note relate to any of the stories of St Remigius in any of the known textual sources. Nor do they appear in other image cycles. Even the great Yves Delaporte admitted defeat here. One can only assume that the designers of the window had access to a now lost source of legends about the saint. Other episodes, such as the miraculous appearance of the Holy Chrism used in the French coronation rituals, or the creation of wine at a feast (obvious and deliberate echoes of Christ's miracle at Cana) are widely depicted and also appear sculpted on the north transept portal of Reims Cathedral.

See Delaporte & Houvet pp. 266-71 for more on the background to this window and notes on its condition.

 

 

 
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21+22 - Death and apotheosis of St Remigius 20 - Remigius showing Clovis a vision ? 19 - Remigius explaining something to King Clovis ? 18 - Remigius blessing Clovis, the first Christian king of the Franks 17 - Remigius baptizes Clovis while a dove descends with the 'holy ampoule' 16 - Remigius also prays for the conversion of King Clovis 15 - Clothilde prays for the conversion of her husband, King Clovis 14 - ...after Remigius prays, the wine barrels are miraculously filled 13 - Dining with a relative, Remigius learns they are out of wine... 12 - By prayer, Remigius stops a fire that threatened his cathedral 11 - Remigius preaching to King Clovis and his court 09 - Remigius en route to the court of King Clovis 08 - Queen Clothilde seeks Remigius' help converting her husband, King Clovis 07 - Remigius cures a man posessed by a demon 06 - Installation of Remigious as Archbishop 05 - Despite his youth, Remigius is chosen to be Archbishop of Reims 04 - Remigius escapes from his attackers, protected by heavenly flames (?) 03 - Brigands attack Remigius in his hermitage 01 - The infant Remigius turns away from his mother's breast to cures the blind hermit, Montanus 02 - Donor figure praying before a statue of the Virgin and Child