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Christ with Two Kings

  Christ with Two Kings

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Three-light window showing standing figures of Christ between two kings, and panels below representing Christ's teachings and sayings.

firm/studio: Burlison & Grylls

Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff, Cardiff
south wall of the south aisle

No longer in its original position, which was originally on the opposite side of the Cathedral and located above the memorial to Henry Thomas (d.1863), which depicted the Judgement of Solomon and the giving of the Law to Moses. The window was inserted in 1909 as a replacement for the original window by Michael O'Connor, at the instigation of Clara Thomas. The choice of subjects and texts are illustrative of the family's numerous links with the legal profession.

Christ points upwards to the text 'Love is the fulfilling of the Law' (Romans 13:10). and below him is the first commandment 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.' (Deuteronomy 6:5). Below the king in the left-hand light is the text 'He beareth not the sword in vain' (Romans 13:4) and beneath the figure on the right 'Rulers are not a terror to good works, he is the minister of God to thee for good' (Romans 13:3, 4).

Texts beneath the biblical scenes: 'These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone' (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42); (beneath the Good Samaritan) 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself' (Leviticus 19:18 and quoted several times in the New Testament); 'Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's' (Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17, Luke 20:25).

Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 13-12-2011


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Further reading

Nevil A. James, The Stained Glass of Llandaff Cathedral (Llandaff: Llandaff Cathedral Shop Committee, 1997), pp. 20-21.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 254.


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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2011. (accessed 22 April 2024)

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