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.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Shakespeare - the latest news

The BBC News website has a post about the schoolroom where William Shakespeare is believed to have studied and seen his first plays, and which is now set to open to the public for the first time. The article explores both Shakespeare's educational formation and the fact that he was surrounded by memories of pre-Reformation culture in the schoolroom.

The illustrated piece can be viewed at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36084844

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