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, 4 July 2016

St Elizabeth of Portugal


July 4 is the feast of St Elizabeth of Portugal, the Queen of King Denis and who died in 1336, and about whom there is a biography here under her paternal name of Elizabeth of Aragon. Known as isabel in Iberia she was a Franciscan tertiary who was famed as a peacemaker and canonised in the seventeenth century, She has been seen as an exemplar of Queenly and maternal virtues.

The Order of St Isabel (or Elizabeth) was founded by King John VI in 1801 as an award for Ladies and there is an article about it at Order of Saint Isabel.

This was re-established in 1986 by Dom Duarte III with his consort as Grand Mistress of the Order.


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The Sash and Badge of the Order of St Isabel

Image:Wikipedia


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