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.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

St Giles

Last year I posted twice about St Giles whose feast it is today. They can be read at St Giles and at St Giles by Thomas of Coloswar which considers a late medieval depiction of him from Hungary.

This year I am marking the day by reproducing this very fine later medieval English image of the patron saint of the church where I was baptised, and to whom I have retained a devotion.

St Giles.
Fourteenth century glass from Wells Cathedral
North choir clerestory.

Image: therosewindow.com

As I wrote in April about the adjacent image at Wells of St Richard of Chichester I obtained a copy of this figure of St Giles for his church in Pontefract. It would, I think, make a handsome design for a statue of him.

St Giles pray for us

1 comment:

Patricius said...

There is a remarkable stained glass window version of "The Mass of St. Giles" by the Master of St Giles shown in your earlier post in St George's, Worcester.