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.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Rediscovering Cervantes

The BBC website has reports of the discovery of the bones of Miguel Cervantes in a Madrid church, the original site having been lost as a consequence of the 1673 rebuilding of the monastic church wherein he and his family had been buried. The illustrated reports can be seen at Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes' tomb in Madrid and at Cervantes and the Spanish search for his lost tomb.

If you will pardon the thought, not a Quixotic discovery, but a timely one with the four hundredth anniversary of Cervantes' death approaching in 2016.



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