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.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Queen in Pakistan

My attention has been drawn to an article about The Queen by an old Oxford friend, Dr Yaqoob Bangash. In it he looks at the role of monarchy in the culture of the Indian sub-continent and makes good points about the whole monarchical principle. The article can be read here.

It is also good to hear that Yaqoob is flourishing and writing, drawing in part, I imagine, on his doctoral research about the creation of Pakistan.

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