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, 14 May 2015

The Ascension in medieval stained glass


Gordon Plumb has posted these medieval images of the Ascension of Christ on the Medieval Religion discussion group:

Le Mans Cathedral, Bay 16, remaining panels of Ascension window, c.1140-45:
and detail:

Canterbury Cathedral, Corona East window, Ascension surrounded by four types - the High Priest in the Holy of Holies, the Ascension of Elijah, the Sundial of Ahaz, and the Ascension of Enoch :

Chartres Cathedral, Bay 0:

East Harling, St Peter & St Paul, Norfolk, I, 1c:

Newark, St Mary Magdalene, Nottinghamshire, sII, 2c: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/2879638239

Leicester, Jewry Wall Museum:


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