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Hailes Church: St. Margaret of Antioch

St. Margaret of Antioch

Mural of St. Margaret of Antioch, in a blocked-up window on the south wall. Margaret was the daughter of a pagan priest. Converted to Christianity, she became a sheperdess and refused the advances of a Roman governor. He threw her in a dungeon, where Satan attacked her in the form of a dragon. The dragon swallowed her, but she split the dragon's belly open with her cross and emerged safely. This made her the patron saint of childbirth. In this image at Haiels, she is shown thrusting the cross down the throat of the dragon before it can swallow her up. Around the window are red squares intended to look like undecorated masonry, a popular feature at the time. Hailes Church, 12th century. Hailes, Gloucestershire, England.