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.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Chivalric caption competition

By chance I came across this image on the internet today; I had seen it once before in a general book on chivalry and it remained in my mind, begging a question, which I am delighted to set before readers.

It is taken from a genealogical  manuscript and depicts Sir Thomas Montague, 4th Earl of Salisbury
(13 June 1388 – 3 November 1428), a distinguished soldier in the Lancastrian invasion of France and who was fatally wounded by a cannon ball in the early stages of the seige of Orleans in 1428. With the Earl is his first wife Lady Eleanor Holland, Countess of Salisbury (1386- after 1413). Eleanor was the daughter of the 2nd Earl of Kent and Lady Alice Fitzalan.

 Sir Thomas Montague and Eleanor Holland


Now what intrigues about this illustration of this well-born and well-connected couple is, of course, the chain linking them. Is it a case of the Earl saying " You will go to the tournament and enjoy it" or the Countess saying " You are NOT going to another tournament"? 


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