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.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
Today at the Oxford Oratory, and in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have commemorated the feast day of Bl.George Napier, an Oxford born mission priest who was martyred here in the castle on November 9th 1610.
This evening at Brothers of the Oratory Fr Jerome took us through Bishop Challoner's account of the capture, trial and last days of Bl.George. It shows in considerable and often strange detail life in prison as a condemned priest, as well as the embarrassment and sympathy of many of those involved in his detention and death. If you have access to a copy of Challoner I would recommend the account to you. I do not know if it is online - if not making the whole text of the Bishop's work available would be a worthwhile project to undertake.