Bay 142 - St Laumer & St Mary of Egypt

 

Index to panels:

A1 - St Laumer visited by the Bishop of Chartres
A2 - St Laumer (Iconic/hieratic depiction with titulus)

B1 - The desert hermit telling her story to Zosimus
B2 - Zosimus burying the dead St Mary, aided by a lion
B3 - St Mary of Egypt (Iconic/hieratic depiction with titulus)

C - An unidentified abbot Saint

Overview:
 

The first of the Clerestory windows on the south side of the nave. This window has been cleaned in recent years and is far more legible than most of the other clerestory glass.

St Mary of Egypt was the most popular of the "desert mothers" or female eremitical saints - most of whom bear more than a passing resemblance to Mary Magdalen but conflated with elements from the lives of their more established male counterparts, such as St Anthony & St Paul of the Desert. For the St Mary of Egypt window at Bourges, click here. There is also a window dedicated to this saint at Auxerre, which I will upload in due course.

St Laumer (aka Lomer or Laudomarus) was the 6th century founder and first abbot of a small monastery at Corbion (modern day Moutiers au Perche, roughly 25 miles west of Chartres). He supposedly started life as a shepherd boy before receiving his calling (so not unlike St Lubinus) and died aged 100 - which may explain why he is shown being visited in his sick bed by the Bishop of Chartres in panel A1.

 
Other details:
 

 

A1 - The aged St Laumer visited by the Bishop of Chartres A2 - St Laumer (Iconic/hieratic depiction with titulus) B1 - The desert hermit telling her story to Zosimus B2 - Zosimus burying the dead St Mary, aided by a lion B3 - St Mary of Egypt (Iconic/hieratic depiction with titulus) C - An unidentified abbot Saint