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.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

St George ring from Norfolk

The BBC News website has this interesting report about the discovery at South Creake in Norfolk of a medieval ring decorated with the image of St George. It is being dated to the period 1350-1430. This is being linked to devotion to the saint in Norwich, a city with a major Guild of St George in the later middle ages, founded in 1385, and on which I have posted in part in English Iconoclasm II - the fate of the cult of St George.

The report, with pictures, can be seen at Rare medieval St George ring found in Norfolk

I see from the BBC webpages that a very similar ring found in Somerset was sold last month: the illustrated report about that example can be seen at St George medieval ring sold for £7,000 at auction

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