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, 12 April 2010

Making a Real vexillogical point

The Mad Monarchist has a heartening story from Portugal about a peaceful protest in this centenary year of the forcing into exile of King Manuel II. Now hauling down one flag and replacing it with another may not be that dramatic - though reasonably so given the location in the cases cited - but it does indicate a youthful bravado and exhuberance that seems to bear witness to the fact that there appears to considerable support amongst young people in Portugal for the Monarchist cause.

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