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, 22 June 2015

St John Fisher

Today is the anniversary of the martyrdom on Tower Hill of St John Fisher 480 years ago.

Stephanie Mann had a post the other day about the Bishop's trial with 480 Years Ago Today: The Trial of St. John Fisher

Her always intersting blog Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation has had a series of posts in recent weeks on the martyrdoms of 1535 of the Carthusians and their companions, and she is now moving on to the more famous victims of that year, Fisher and More.

It is the latter who is more widely known by both Catholic and non-Catholic. It has only been in recent years that more scholarly attention has been paid to John Fisher, with books by academics such as Dr Richard Rex with his volume The Theology of John Fisher.

An excellent book on Fisher, and a very useful introduction to him is Saint John Fisher by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. This was published as a  book in 2011, but originated with a Master's thesis by the now-Cardinal in the 1960s.

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