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.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Royal funeral ceremonies in Portugal in 1908

I have posted before in Regicide in Lisbon about the assassination of King Carlos I of Portugal and of his son the Prince Royal Luis Felipe on this day in 1908. 

I recently came across this archive film on YouTube of the funeral procession of the murdered King and his heir. The quality is not high by modern standards but it is not only interesting as a record of the day and I was particularly struck by the black hangings on the hearse and the horses drawing it - a survival of a much older practice as depicted in records of royal funerals of past centuries. 

Here is another YouTube video, this time of the centenary commemoration of the murders held at the Royal Pantheon of St Vincent in 2008, with Dom Duarte in attendance:

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