Bay 104 - Funeral & Assumption of the Virgin /
Christ after the Resurrection / St Calais

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List of Scenes:

A1 - Funeral of the Virgin
A2 - Entombment of the Virgin
A3 - Assumption of the Virgin
A4 - Coronation of the Virgin

B1 - Christ appears to Mary Magdalen (the 'Noli me tangere')
B2 - The incredulity of Thomas
B3 - Christ's descent into Limbo
B4 - The Ascension
B5 - Pentecost

C1 - A wild bull (aurochs) fleeing hunters takes refuge in the hermitage of St Calais, deep in the royal forest
C2 - King Childebert angry at having his hunting spoiled
C3 - The King's anger is turned to devotion by the hermit's piety
C4 -
St Calais as head of the Abbey of Anisole, built by King Childebert on the site of their encounter

Locations of the panels:

Overview:
 

Grodecki and Lillich both concur with Hucher's suggestion that this window was a donation of the Abbey of St Calais, which (like the Abbeys of Evron and St Vincent, who are supposed to have donated the windows in bays 105 & 111 respectively) fell within the diocese of Le Mans.

St Calais (aka Carilefus or Calevisus) was a 6th century hermit saint who doesn't make it into the Golden Legend but whose life was described in the Vita Carileffi. The Abbey of Anisole, built on land supposedly donated for the purpose by King Childebert, was later re-dedicated in honour of its founding saint.

Both the founding Charter and the Vita that were held in the Abbey are later forgeries (probably created in the 9th century by the clergy at Le Mans to substantiate their claim over the Abbey) but the foundation myth itself is highly credible, given the number of more reliably documented cases of Merovingian kings parcelling out land willy nilly to anyone who took their fancy [For Merovingian generosity see John Michael Wallace-Hadrill, "The Long Haired Kings", Methuen 1962. For the background to the forged foundation charter/vita and the associated 9th century ownership disputes, see Susan Wood, "The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West", OUP, 2006, p.219ff].

 
Other details:
 

 

Panel A1 - Funeral of the Virgin (with the Jew whose hands were withered when he tried to upset the bier). A2 - Entombment of the Virgin A3 - Assumption of the Virgin A4 - Coronation of the Virgin B1 - Christ appears to Mary Magdalen (the 'Noli me tangere') B2 - The incredulity of Thomas B3 - Christ's descent into Limbo B4 - The Ascension B5 - Pentecost C1 - A wild bull (aurochs) fleeing hunters takes refuge in the hermitage of St Calais, deep in the royal forest C2 - King Childebert angry at having his hunting spoiled C3 - The King's anger is turned to devotion by the hermit's piety C4 - St Calais as head of the Abbey of Anisole, built by King Childebert on the site of their encounter