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.

Monday, 7 May 2012

St John of Beverley and his minster

Today is the anniversary of the death of St John of Beverley in 721, a saint about whom I posted in October on the feast of his translation in St John of Beverley. Today gives an opportunity, or excuse, to post another picture of the great medieval church which arose at his cult centre in Beverley. Being a bit off the beaten track it is not as well known as it deserves to be - Beverley Minster is one of the glories of high and later medieval Yorkshire and England, a treasure house of sculpture as well as soaring architecture.


The High Altar of Beverley Minster.

The building is early thirteenth century, the reredos from the fourteenth century and the east window, with its medieval glass, an earlier fifteenth century insertion. In the middle ages the relics of St John rested in their shrine on the top of the reredos. To the left of the altar can be seen part of the Percy tomb from the early fourteenth century.



Tommaso Pomodoro O.S.J.B. said...

The City of Oxford is fortunate to have, in the figure of the Very Rev'd Fr David Johnson O.S.J.B, a man able to bestow membership of the Order of St John of Beverley on those deemed worthy. The associated medal is most beautiful, and the envy of lesser chivalric orders.

Mary Elizabeth Williams said...

Help me out here. How does a fifteenth-century insertion get to be earlier than a fourteenth-century reredos?

Anonymous said...

Spectacular church.

Unknown said...

It is always a pleasure to learn more about St.John of Beverley. The Companions of the Military Order of Agincourt hold him in the highest reverence as one of our patron saints ad did King Henry V. The Rev. Canon Robert G. Carroon, Prelate of the Order.