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.


Monday, 16 March 2015

The Fall of the House of Savoy


The always interesting blog The Mad Monarchist has a lengthy and interesting post about the House of Savoy in the period from 1922 until 1946 and the various possible risks to its survival throughout that period. It can be read at Did World War II Doom the Italian Monarchy?

Other posts on the Savoyard dynasty and era by the Mad Monarchist can be seen here.

Px Lesser Coat Of Arms Of The Kingdom Of Italy Image

TheArms of the Kingdom of Italy 1922-1943
The fasces replaced the lion supporters used hitherto.They were reinstated with the end of the Fascist government.

Image: clker.com

The evolution of the arms of the Kingdom of Italy can be seen in the illustrated online article here.

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The lesser Royal Arms of Italy as authorised in 1890
The shield is encircled by the Collar of the Order of the Annunciation

Image; Wikimedia commons





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