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, 13 November 2012

King Edward III

Today is the 700th anniversary of birth of the future King Edward III at Windsor in 1312.

There is an online account of his life and reign here and there is also a detailed life of the King by W.M.Ormrod, who has also written a full length study of the reign, from the Oxford DNB, which gives a number of very interesting details about  Edward' s birth, naming and baptism and about his early upbringing, and which can be read here.

Edward III

King Edward III
A drawing of the remains of the painted figure from St Stephen's Chapel Westminster commissioned by the King, and rediscovered after the 1834 fire.


edwIIIbig 241x300 Tomb of Edward III

King Edward III
Tomb effigy at Westminster Abbey

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14th century manuscript initial depicting Edwa...

King Edward III enfeoffs Edward Prince of Wales with the Duchy of Aquitaine

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