Martyrs - Chartres Cathedral

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Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr Becket, Thomas

 

The south porch of Chartres Cathedral contains a series of sculptures, that were made between 1194 and 1230, on the subject of the martyrdom of saints.1 The first of these is St Thomas Becket who is seen here being killed by two knights.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Blaise

 

St Blaise was a 4th century Armenian bishop who was flayed alive. The naked figure in the sculpture above wears a bishops mitre whilst two torturers stand on either side.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Leger

 

St Leger was the bishop of Autun, and after the death of King Childeric II, he was killed by his political opponents. In the above scene St Leger's assailant is blinding him with a hot iron.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Lawrence

 

St Lawrence was killed by being placed on a red hot grill, which the above sculpture portrays.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Theodore

 

St Theodore was a 4th century Roman who had his flesh torn off when he burnt down a Roman temple.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Eustace

 

St Eustace and his family were killed by being broiled in a heated brazen ox, after refusing to sacrifice in a Roman temple.

 

Early French Gothic sculpture, Martyr, Gervase Potias

 

Gervase and Potias were twins who were both killed Potias by a spear, and Gervase by being flayed.