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.
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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.
This being Christmas Day for the Orthodox I thought I would share some pictures of Orthodox wall paintings which were recently posted on the Medieval Religion discussion group. They are in the small church of St George at Kurbinovo in what is now styled the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and date from 1191. There is an online introduction to the church here.
The paintings at Kurbinovo are classified among the works of the "Dynamic Style" of the second half of the twelfth century and are perhaps the latest of the surviving exemplars (which surely included many lost ones, extending throughout the Empire, including Constantinople).
The church itself is small, and outwardly unimpressive, but the paintings inside are on the grand scale - an indication of what one should expect to have existed across eastern and western Christendom at the time.