While investigating Gloucester Cathedral last week I noticed this little image displayed in the cloisters. I have literally no idea as to the actual event it is portraying, whether or not the events portrayed actually happened or if they even relate to the cathedral itself.
I am fairly sure the image is not Biblical, I doubt medieval knights were wandering around beheading people 2000 years ago.
In fact, as I look at it more I am wondering if this an image representing something of the Crusades? The tower in background has a vaguely Islamic look to it and the warriors helmet looks like something a Saracen might have worn. Maybe.
It certainly seems someone saintly is about to lose his head.
I’m oddly depressed now. I’m not a fan of violence, even that displayed upon very old stained glass.
Thanks for looking.