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.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Monarchy - past, present and future?


The Mad Monarchist is a blog I like to keep up with. Today he has an interesting reflective piece of the anniversaery of the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 and the implications of the manner of her condemnation. I have added a comment of my own on his site, and you can read his article here.

At the end of last month he had a piece which links in with my post a week ago about the Regicide in Lisbon. It is about the success of the Monarchist movement in Portugal in encouraging abstention in the recent election of a new republican head of state. His post can be read here.


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