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The St Cuthbert Window

19a King Ecgrfrith asks St Cuthbert to become a bishop

This panel shows King Ecgfrith asking St Cuthbert to become bishop of Lindisfarne. On the left, Cuthbert, accompanied by monks, accepts a crozier from King Ecgfrith, who stands in the centre of the panel. King Ecgfrith’s swordbearer stands to the right, surrounded by monks and a layman. The sequence in the window divides the stages of Cuthbert’s election and enthronement as bishop across several panels to articulate a range of messages. Here, the role of the king in promoting bishops is emphasised.