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.
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
In addition to the usual pattern of Masses in Oxford there are several additional celebrations this week which may be of interest to readers near enough to attend.
Monday - Transferred Solemnity of St George - Benediction following the 6 pm Mass. My post from last year Hymn to St George relates to this. Tuesday - May Devotions to Our Lady after the 6 pm Mass; this will occur each Tuesday in May. Wednesday - Feast of the English Martyrs - Sung Extraordinary Form Mass at 6pm.
SS Gregory and Augustine
Tuesday to Friday - Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm Sunday May 8th - 3pm May Procession and Benediction, followed by tea.
Greyfriars Saturday May 7th 2.30 Mass in the Extraordinary Form organised by Juventutum Oxford and the Latin Mass Society, followed by walking Pilgrimage to Littlemore concluding with Vespers there.
The following Saturday, May 14th, Juventutum Oxford are holding another Pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady, walking from Abingdon. They plan to leave there at 11, break for lunch at Iffley Lock and will have an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Oxford Oratory at 3.30.