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From the Old Testament reading at Evening Prayer:
Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, all that he did as well as his wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon? The time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. Solomon slept with his ancestors and was buried in the city of his father David; and his son Rehoboam succeeded him.
(1st book of Kings, chapter 11, verses 41-42, NRSV)

The person who became a byword for wisdom, built the Temple of the Lord, and nurtured a united Israel to the peak of its power, dies. Almost immediately, the kingdom disintegrates under the inept rule of his son Rehoboam.

This glass is part of the impressive east window in Fowlmere parish church, Cambridgeshire.

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