I have learned a lot of things through looking at stained glass, and one is that our churches contain an awful lot of dashing young men. Larger than life, here they are in the act of saving realms, defending nations, slaying dragons, or generally adding glamour, swagger, dramatic poses and handsome profiles.
These knights in often very shiny armour are first cousins of the heroes and romantic leads of stage and screen. They make a change from some of the older, balder and more bearded saints, prophets, and disciples.
Some look as though they've just stepped out of a fan or ladies' magazine, off the cover of a Mills & Boon novel,
or off the poster for a blockbuster movie.
And some look more like your everyday hero, complete with neat parting.
Others charm with their evident tenderness towards children,
or woo you over with poetic intensity, despite a terrible pudding-bowl haircut.
Never mind the cinema and chick-lit, stained glass has all the armoured romantic leads you could hope for.
[These are mostly C20 knights found in various churches.]
And one more, added later, a classic CE Kempe figure, who looks as though he should be a choir boy, not out on his own killing a dragon as snarly as this: