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.
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
three Limbourg brothers, Jean, Paul and Herman, are believed to have had
a hand in producing this page, as well as, possibly, Jean Colombe, the artist who
continued the work on the Book of Hours in the years 1485-89.
as in the May page, is a depiction of a royal residence in central
Paris but it is shown with a rural scene of hay making in the foreground. The buildings are
the the Palais de la Cité with the Sainte Chapelle,
which is clearly identifiable on the right. In addition to the Chapel
considerable parts of the other buildings still survive. This was the
seat of much of the royal administration of Capetian and Valois France,
although the King had largely given it up as a royal residence by this
date in favour of the Louvre or other palaces.