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The St Cuthbert Window

3-4b Henry VI

Henry VI (1421-1471) was King of England 1422-61 and 1470-1. He succeeded to throne as an infant, following the death of his father Henry V. The donor of the window, Bishop Thomas Langley, who had served as a royal counsellor and diplomat to Henry VI's father and grandfather, played a key role in the government of England during Henry VI's childhood. The king is shown kneeling before a prayer-desk (prie-dieu), facing the large figure of St Cuthbert, with his hands raised in prayer.