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, 2 December 2014

The problems facing the contemporary French aristocrat

A friend has sent me the link to an article about the contemporary French nobility, their sense of group identity, economic woes, and indeed, perhaps most importantly, who precisely is noble. It comes from the Wall Street Journal, and can be read here.

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