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Beniamino Bufano Shadows of the Future Stanford

Beniamino Bufano Shadows of the Future Stanford

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Stanford University Eustache de Saint Pierre

Stanford University Eustache de Saint Pierre

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(Wikipedia source) Eustache de Saint Pierre is the best known mayor from the six noblemen of Calais, “The Burghers of Calais”, who went with “a shirt and a rope around his neck” to the King of England at that time, Edward III, to surrender in the name of the people of Calais (August 1347).

According to the chronicler Jean Froissart, the king pardoned him at the request of his wife, Philippa of Hainault.

The scene of the surrender of the mayor of Calais was immortalized in a bronze statue by Rodin.

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Stanford University Pillars of Hercules Dimitri Hadzi

Stanford University Pillars of Hercules Dimitri Hadzi

Pillars of Hercules III, 1982, Bronze

Gift of Donovan S. Thayer, Mr and Mrs. William L. Lowe, Mr and Mrs. Edwin H. Clock, and anonymous donors.

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Stanford Memorial Church, Frontispiece, Stained Glass and Altar

Stanford Memorial Church, Frontispiece, Stained Glass and Altar

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Stanford University The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

Stanford University The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

Les Bourgeois de Calais is one of the most famous sculptures by Auguste Rodin, completed in 1889.

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The story goes that England’s Edward III, after a victory in the Battle of Crécy, laid siege to Calais, while Philip VI of France ordered the city to hold out at all costs. Philip failed to lift the siege, and starvation eventually forced the city to parley for surrender.Edward offered to spare the people of the city if any six of its top leaders would surrender themselves to him, presumably to be executed. Edward demanded that they walk out almost naked, wearing nooses around their necks, and carrying the keys to the city and castle. One of the wealthiest of the town leaders, Eustache de Saint Pierre, volunteered first, and five other burghers soon followed suit, stripping down to their breeches. Saint Pierre led this envoy of emaciated volunteers to the city gates. It was this moment, and this poignant mix of defeat, heroic self-sacrifice, and willingness to face imminent death that Rodin captured in his sculpture, scaled somewhat larger than life.

In history, though the burghers expected to be executed, their lives were spared by the intervention of England’s Queen, Philippa of Hainault, who persuaded her husband to exercise mercy by claiming that their deaths would be a bad omen for her unborn child.

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