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.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Coronation on film

Looking around on the internet for colour pictures of the Coronation I found a number in an article about the issue on DVD of the 1953 documentary film A Queen is Crowned. Written by Christopher Fry and narrated by Sir Lawrence Olivier it has now been restored and reissued to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Although the television coverage of the Coronation was a landmark in broadcasting history it was, inevitably, only in black-and white. This film, however, is in colour and, as I recall it, a stylish record of the day.

Here is a still photograph from the film of the homage of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops:

Unique: The Queen's 1953 Coronation was the first ever to be televised

Image: Daily Mail/ITV/RexFeatures 

The article about the film, with several other photographs can be read here.

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