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.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

A tenth century Massacre in Bohemia


The Times today has an article based on an article in the Cambridge based journal Antiquity issue from June about more evidence of conflict in the Bohemia of St Wenceslaus. The article, by Ivo Štefan, Petra Stránská and Hana Vondrová, can be accessed at













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