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.
Thinking of visiting Oxford?
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
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.
On the evening of the Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost - for such it
will be in the Calendar of the English Ordinariate - that is May 30th,
there will be another Solemn Evensong followed by Benediction and
celebrated by the Oxford Ordinariate Group in the church at Blackfriars
here in the city at 7.30.
The preacher will be the Rev’d Professor Allan
Brent. He is the assistant Chaplain at Fisher House in Cambridge and the
Professor of Early Christian History and Iconography at King's College
in the University of London, as well as being Professore Invitato at the
Augustinianum in the Lateran University in Rome.
The music for the service will be provided by the Newman Consort, the Oxford Ordinariate Group's own schola.
If you have not previously attended one of these occasions and are able
you would be made most welcome and have the opportunity to see what the
Ordinariate groups can offer and appreciate Anglican patrimony in the
form of BCP propers in a fully Catholic context.