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, 1 July 2015

Seventeenth century martyrdoms

Stephanie Mann at Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation has two more posts today about martyrdoms at Tyburn which occurred on July 1st - those of Bl. Thomas Maxfield in 1616, which can be read at The Fortnight for Freedom: Blessed Thomas Maxfield, and that of St Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh, in 1681. He was the last Catholic priest to die as amartyr for his priesthood. it can be seen at  The Fortnight for Freedom: St. Oliver Plunkett, and has useful links to other sites about St Oliver.

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