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, 18 July 2011

Imperial funeral in Vienna

Last Saturday the funeral of Archduke Otto, the de jure Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary was held in Vienna.

© Sabine Brauer© Thomas Wilhelm Schwarzer, Friedberg in Hessen

Image from Habsburg Monarchy.

There are a set of pictures here, and there is also a video of the funeral procession here.

As the friend who sent me the links wrote:"It all looked rather impressive. I'm glad that he has finally been afforded the dignity and respect he should have been afforded during his lifetime."

There is already along and detailed account of the funeral ceremonies on Wikipedia, which can be studied here. The account in The Daily Telegraph can be read here.

The Daily Mail
has a very handsomely illustrated online feature about the burial in Vienna and in Pannonhalma which can be viewed here, although unlike the author of the article, I would not be so sure that this is the end of the Habsburgs. They have shown themselves remarkably adaptable over many centuries - I am tempted to see them as the most successful family business in European history, as opposed to the dynasties that are tied by history to a particular territory, such as the British and Danish royal houses


The Imperial coffin in St Stephen's Cathedral


The procession from the Cathedral to the Capuchin church


The request for admission at the Capuchin church

Images from Yahoo.news

On Sunday after aservice in Budapest his heart was interred at the Archabbey at Pannonhalma in Hungary. There are two reports with pictures about that ceremony here and here.


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