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.
Archaeologists working in Cambridgeshire have uncovered what they believe to be
the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain". The excavation at Must Farm quarry is described and illustrated in this report from the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35280290
It is noteworthy that the finds suggest a higher level of sophistication in the life of the settlement than has hitherto been assumed. That seems so often to be the case with archaeological discoveries. We still are prone to understimate our ancestors and predecessors.