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.
Last night I attended the Ordinariate Solemn Evensong for Whitsuntide at Blackfriars here in Oxford which I publicised the other week.
The Newman Consort were once again in good voice, and sang the early sixteenth century Magnificat Regale by Robert Fayrfax;
Msgr Burnham said in his words of thanks that this was rather rarely
performed - I think its length may inhibit its use on other than grand
festal occasions - and as something wrtten for the Court had been chosen
to mark the Jubilee. The Monseigneur also made the point that such
music is part of that patrimony the
Ordinariate is seeking to recover and share with other Catholics. The
Anglican choral tradition is indeed well suited to use such
splendid pre-Reformation music which is very much part of a common patrimony for
Catholics and Anglicans.
The church at Blackfriars is a very
dignified setting for such services, and it was good to see the very
handsome red cope and stole, together with the matching humeral veil,
all decorated with fine gold embroidery, which belongs to the Priory