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The Penitencer’s Window

5a The Martyrdom of St Paul

The saint, nimbed, barefoot and kneeling, is blindfolded by a short man. This is a rare detail in scenes of the martyrdom of St Paul, and recalls the account in the Golden Legend in which a noblewomen called Plantilla gives St Paul her kerchief. Towering over the short man is the executioner, who holds a small buckler and raises his sword to strike. The inscription below identifies the saint at Paul. Background as 2a. Shafts with heraldic decoration to either side supporting the canopy in 6a. The upper figures in the borders are penitencers counting coins; the lower figure on the right is a stone-carver.