The St Cuthbert Window

1-2b Henry Beaufort

Henry Beaufort (c.1375–1447) (Bishop of Winchester 1404-47 and Cardinal of St Eusebius 1426-47) is shown kneeling before a prayer-desk (prie-dieu), facing the large figure of St Cuthbert, with his hands raised in prayer. Beaufort was the son of John of Gaunt and was the half-brother of King Henry IV. Beaufort wielded great power though his ecclesiastical roles and service as a royal counsellor, first for Henry IV, and later for his nephew Henry V and great-nephew Henry VI. His governmental work brought him into close contact with the donor of the window, Thomas Langley, Bishop of Durham.