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.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Buckinghamshire Coin Hoard

Just before Christmas, on December 21st, a metal-detector found a hoard of more than 5000 pristine silver pennies from the reigns of King Aethelred II, 978-1016, and King Cnut, 1016-1035, which had been carefully concealed at Lenborough in Buckinghamshire.

This is clearly a major discovery and is covered widely online. The latest BBC report can be read at Buckinghamshire ancient coin hoard find 'unprecedented'

The Daily Telegraph account can be read at Amateur treasure hunter's £1m find of Anglo Saxon coins and the Daily Mail repoert which is well-illustrated in their style can be seen at Amateur treasure hunter finds £1m hoard of Anglo Saxon coins

The discovery is already written up on Wikipedia, and that can be read at Lenborough Hoard

As with so many other recent discoveries from the Anglo-Saxon period our knowledge continues to expand with new finds and re-shape our understanding of this crucial period in the development of the country.

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