Bay 17 (Lives of St Savinien and Potentien)

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Panel 12 - The saints oversee the building of a church

 
© Stuart Whatling, 2008

Description:
Although this and the preceding two scenes are not explicitly related to any obvious hagiographic source, it is a common topos to show this sequence; a saint preaching to/converting a pagan ruler, followed by the latter's baptism, followed by the building of the first church or cathedral, signifying the establishment of the new diocese/bishopric. I suspect what is shown in these panels is therefore the foundation myth of the Bishopric of Sens, as related in the 11th century 'Gerbertine legend'.