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.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Iraq's oldest monastery destroyed

Amidst all the horrors being relayed of atrocities perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State there is a report on the BBC News website that satellite images confirm that the buildings that still survived of what was the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq have been deliberately destroyed by the jihadist IS group.

The illustrated report can be seen here

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