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.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Recovering the lost landscape of medieval north Germany


Medieval Histories has an interesting article about discoveries in northern Germany in advance of lignite mining and road schemes - a depressing thoughts in themselves - but the preparatory archaeology is yielding insights into the past:

Haus Verker, a fortified medieval manor near Pier in Germany

Deserted Medieval Landscape

Between Jülich and Düren in Northern Rhineland lies a bleak landscape scarred by lignite mining. Beneath lies a precious time warp of a medieval landscape   Read more.

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