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.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Papal facts and figures

I have just discovered via Zenit the blog Popes and the Papacy which has calculated that the Pope is now the seventh longest-lived occupant of the see of Peter. As a site it seems full of facts and details, enough to delight the most enthusiastic amongst us, not to mention the bar-bore and the 'anorak' - not that any of my readers would, of course, be in those categories. I have added the site to the blogroll.

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