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.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Anglo-Saxon Christian burial discovery

There is an interesting and informative report in The Guardian today of a discovery of an early Christian Anglo-Saxon burial containing the grave with body of young woman on a bed with an ornate gold and garnet cross at Trumpington on the outskirts of Cambridge. The illustrated article can he read here.

The cross is similar to the finds at Sutton Hoo and also to such pieces as the Burton Pidsea Cross which can see seen in the Ashmolean Museum here in Oxford.

The gold cross found in the grave of the young Anglo-Saxon woman

The gold cross found in the grave of the young Anglo-Saxon woman.

Image: Cambridge University/The Guardian


Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for the link to this fascinating article. The cross is a beautiful link with history. Do you happen to know what will happen to the young lady's remains - will they be reverently re-interred elsewhere? May she rest in peace.
[Valerie, NZ]

Noelle the dreamer said...

Thank you very much for sharing as usual!