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.


Monday, 31 January 2011

Col John Morris


Since writing my post about the last siege of Pontefract Castle Post Mortem Patris Pro Filio I have been able to check the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and found the biography therein of Col. John Morris, who held the castle for the King in 1648-9. It is by Robert Ashton and can be read here.

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