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.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Accession Day

Today is the sixty third anniversary of H.M.The Queen ascending the throne in 1952, and it is an ideal opportunity to express loyal good wishes to the Sovereign.

As we enter 64 Elizabeth II we are also reminded that by early September The Queen will have reigned longer than her great great grandmother Queen Victoria. Within a year of that she will have also exceeded the putative reign of the Jacobite King James III and VIII.

Long may she reign!

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