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Reading Stained Glass Windows

The Good and The Damned: At the Last Judgement at Bourges Cathedral, souls are weighed in, top, at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter. At left- middle, a good soul sits in the lap of God with his head peaking out from a heavenly cover. At right- middle, the evil are herded into the belly of the beast. The middle center panel repeats the theme - as an angel welcomes good souls into heaven, while Satan escorts the damned into hell.

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The Last Judgement was a popular story in the Catholic church, 'read' by an illiterate faithful who instantly recognized it and many others in the medieval litany.

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The Worshipful Company of Glaziers

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