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.
Not having visited Chartres since this project began I am not well placed to comment on the project. A couple of years ago in Restoration at Chartres I drew attention to criticism and defence of this work as it was then being undertaken, and the couple of comments that attracted indicate the diversity of opinion about the matter. Indeed the second almost anticipates the comments of the author of the recent article.
I am still inclined to favour the renewal of the original scheme, if that can be reliably reconstructed, and the point has been made on the discussion group that given the nature of modern artificial lighting - clearly very different from what was available in the middle ages - that maybe that should be adjusted when teh scheme is finished.
Keeping things as they are in such buildings is tempting, but may well be unhistorical, and little better than managed decline.