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.


Thursday, 12 January 2012

New light on Roman Britain


There were interesting reports this week about the first century Roman helmet found at Hallaton in Leicestershire which has now been conserved and reassembled.

There is a background article here on the Hallaton discoveries, and an article about the helmet and the indications it gives as to contacts between the Romans and the Britons both before and during the time of the Claudian conquest can be read here.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/57785000/jpg/_57785657_hallatonrec.jpg

The Hallaton Helmet

Image: BBC

http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/reuters/2012-01-10t161631z_1_btre809197s00_rtroptp_3_britain-romanhelmet.grid-6x2.jpg

A reconstruction of the Hallaton helmet's original appearance.

Image:msnbmedia4msn.com

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