Bay 18 (St Thomas Becket)

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Panels 12 + 13 - Thomas takes his leave of his friends at Pontigny Abbey ? (single scene over two panels)

The main panel shows Thomas riding off to the right with two other clerics but turning round to take his leave of the group of figures in the preceding panel. Delaporte identified the latter as Cistercians on the basis of their habits - which just goes to show the danger of studying stained glass from black & white photographs! Nevertheless, despite this apparent discrepency, the departure from Pontigny (where Thomas spent two years during his exile, before returning to the relative safety of Sens Cathedral) still seems the most likely explanation of these panels.