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, 12 July 2013

Chelmsford Norbertines

Laurence, "The Bones" England from Brighton, has a good post on his blog about the Norbertine community at St Philip's Priory in Chelmsford following on a visit he made there recently. It can be read at Norbertine Community in Chelmsford.

Having visited the Priory twice last year, and hoping to go again later on this summer, I heartily endorse what he writes about the community there - several of whom I knew as undergraduates in Oxford. St Philip's is an impressive outfit, with enthusiastic young men joining the Order and a vigorous parish life.

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