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Soissons choir 19840507 0012

Fred Mitchell

St Helena, Australia

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The first Christian martyrs in this ara were Crépin and Crépinen in the third century. Clovis defeated the Romans here in 486 and from then on the Franks were independent.
There were three abbeys founded here by 660. In 754 Pepin III ‘The Mayor of the Palace’ was anointed ‘King of the Franks’ by St Boniface and the previous king went into a monastery.
After the revolution both the cathedral and the monasteries were in a bad shape. In 1804 Napoleon I gave the Abbey of St Jean de Vignes to the Bishop of Soissons to enable the rebuilding of the cathedral from the sale of the stone of the abbey. What wasn’t used was badly damaged during 1870 war with Germany, and again by bombing in 1944.
The glass in the choir is either thirteenth or fourteenth century glass. You can see through arches at the sides of the choir into the ambulatory, and this was one of the first such installations.
Taken with Pentax LX camera and 28 mm shift lens on Kodachrome film.

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