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.
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I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
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In February I wrote a post about Heraldry for the Ordinariates which referred to a discussion of possible heraldic arms. Now the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham under the patronage of Bl.John Henry Newman has received a coat of arms, which can be seen here.
It is a fine design by Fr Marcus Stock, impaling the arms of Cardinal Newman and those of the medieval Priory at Walsingham.
However I wonder why the arms are not marshalled the other way round, giving seniority to those of Walsingham, as in the title of the Ordinariate. Perhaps that might be taken to imply that Newman had been Prior of Walsingham, just as bishop impales his arms with those of his diocese.
I look forward to seeing them on notice boards and letterheads - they become as much an indicator of the Ordinariate's presence as the "Pisky pub sign" is, or was, of the Episcopalian church in Scotland.