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, 19 January 2016

Anglo-Saxon and other DNA

The BBC News website has a report on the most recent research into the DNA of human remains from late Roman and Anglo-Saxon Britain. This indicates that a third of the DNA of the English comes from the Anglo-Saxons. It also gives insight into matters such as intermarriage and the survival of the Romano-British population.

The report can be seen here.

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