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, 30 June 2010

Thought for the Day

Prince Metternich
Portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

"What is true of religious dogma is equally true of principles of government. To discuss them is often dangerous and always useless."


I know you will be wondering (go on, admit it), if of course you do not already know, but, in addition to the jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece, I believe that the riband the Prince is wearing is that of the Order of St Stephen of Hungary.

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