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York Minster, Great East Window, 11b, St John sails to Patmos
This scene shows St John the Evangelist, author of the Fourth Gospel and believed in the Middle Ages to have been the author of the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse),
sailing into exile on the island of Patmos. He was sent there on the orders of the Emperor Domitian and it was while on the island that he experienced the visionary dreams recorded in the Apocalypse. There is no Biblical source for this episode, but it was well known to medieval readers thanks to the popular Golden Legend, written in the 13th century by the Dominican friar Jacobus de Voragine. Recent conservation has ensured that the desolate character of the island is made clear, as its bleak, towering cliffs can now be seen more clearly thanks to cleaning and removal of mending leads.
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