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, 17 November 2011

St Hugh of Lincoln

Today is the feast of St Hugh of Lincoln, the Carthusian who was bishop of the diocese from 1186 until his death in 1200. My post from this day last year can be read at St Hugh of Lincoln.


The surviving base of the shrine of St Hugh's head in the Angel Choir of Lincoln Cathedral.
The Angel Choir was built as the setting for the shrine of St Hugh's body and head between 1256 and 1280.
The metal superstructure is a piece of highly misguided, even if well-intentioned, 1980s artwork.


St Hugh was the second Carthusian to be canonised, following the founder of the order, St Bruno. The impetus for Hugh's cause came not from the Order, which disdained to promote such matters, but from the reverence he had received from the wider Church, both clerical and lay.

As thefollowing pictures show devotion to him survived on the continent after the reformation in England.

File:San hugo obispo de lincoln.jpg

St Hugh with his emblems of the swan and the Christ Child emerging from the chalice.
Francisco Zurbarán, 1637-39
Museo de Cadiz

Image: Wikipedia


The Virgin and Child with St Bruno and St Hugh of Lincoln.
Sebastiano Ricci, 1704-06
Private collection

Image: regnumnovum.com

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