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.

Sunday, 1 July 2012


Image: Wikipedia

This illumination is attributed to Paul Limbourg  and depicts the Chateau or Palace of Poitiers, portions of which still survive. The chateau belonged to the Duke of Berry who had rebuilt portions of it in the decades preceding the painting.
Harvesting and sheep shearing are taking place in the foreground - all is beginning to be safely gathered in against the winter. One again the scene is idyllic - almost in the tradition of eighteenth century rustic scenes. Here is once again a scene of tranquility, rather different from the realities of life in northern nd central France in the years 1413-16.

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