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, 2 October 2014

The reconstruction of the Royal Palace in Berlin


Continuing the theme of my previous post about restoration work in Berlin the friend who sent me the link to the odd idea of gothicising St Pauls in London which I posted earlier in the week, and who is assiduous in sharing such online discoveries, sent me a link a while ago to a piece about the progress in the rebuilding work on the Berlin Royal Palace. I have been meaning to post it, but have only now got round to it. It can be seen here.

I wrote about this project in Rebuilding the Berlin Stadtschloss

Both the Palace rebuilding and the plan to reorder St Hedwig's Cathedral point to the wealth of modern Germany, but in both cases the disinclination to put back completely what was there before the destruction occurred is, in my opinion, to say the least unfortunate, and as indeed I indicated in the post linked to above.

Wappen Deutsches Reich - Reichsadler 1889.svg
 
The German Imperial Arms after 1871
Image: Wikipedia





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