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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New Reign in Spain

Today has seen the formal enthronement ceremonies of King Felipe VI of Spain following the coming into force of his father's abdication at midnight.

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia , the Infanta Lleonor, Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia with the Crown and sceptre in the foreground at the Accession ceremony


BBC News has an article with links to profiles of the King and of his father and a good selection of photographs of today's events in King Felipe calls for 'new Spain' 

There is another online biography of the King, with appropriate links, here.

There is what seems to be a well balanced article from the Guardian about the accession which can be read at Crown Prince Felipe on brink of becoming King Felipe VI and the same paper has a good account of the formal occasion at Spain's Felipe VI promises a 'renewed monarchy' as he is sworn in as king and also a good selection of photographs at Spain's King Felipe VI begins a new reign.

Such essentially positive coverage by the Guardian,is, dare one suggest it, rather interesting in itself, and perhaps an happy augury.

Coat of Arms of Spanish Monarch.svg

The Spanish Royal Arms

Image: Wikipedia 

Viva El Rey Felipe!


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