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, 10 November 2011

St Leo the Great

Last year I posted St Leo the Great ... and his biographer to mark the feast of one of the greatest and most influential Pope-theologians. I always enjoy the extracts from his sermons and writings appointed for the Office of Readings.

This year I have found an illustration of St Leo seeing off Attila the Hun from the gates of Rome with the assistance of SS Peter and Paul. It comes from the great fourteenth century Hungarian Chronicle.


Image: orientem.blogspot

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