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, 19 January 2015

St Wulstan of Worcester

Today is the feast of St Wulstan, born c.1008, and Bishop of Worcester from 1062 until 1095. He was the only Anglo-Saxon bishop to retain his see following the Conquest. At Worcester he initiated the rebuiilding of the cathedral and it was under his auspices that Great Malvern Prory was founded. His cult came into prominence in the early part of the thirteenth century, when miracles at his tomb began to be recorded. He was canonized in 1203.


St Wulstan
Later fifteenth century glass at Great Malvern Priory

Image: Gordon Plumb on Flickr

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