Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Saturday, 21 August 2010

St Pius X

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Today is the feast day of St Pius X, Pope from 1903-14.


For those who are interested here is a biography, complete with some interesting illustrations.


The photograph shows His Holiness wearing Pope Gregory XVI's tiara of 1834. The morse on his cope is one whose use has been revived by the present Pope.

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