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.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Vandalism in a Suffolk church

Cate Gunn posted a disturbing piece of news on the Medieval Religion discussion group today about vandalism to a medieval wall painting in a church in Suffolk. Her note, which follows, has links to reports about it and pictures of these paintings:

At Easter I mentioned a rare (for England!) painting of the Harrowing of Hell in Brent Eleigh church; in the same church there’s a rather lovely 13th (or 14th?) century painting of the crucifixion which has recently been deliberately defaced. It seems it is not just ‘mindless vandalism’ but follows a few incidents of what may be deliberate desecration.

If you are interested, and can forgive the rather intrusive advertisements, the Suffolk Free Press has an article on this: http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/medieval-paintings-left-damaged-1-7305629 and there is a video report on the ITV site http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2016-03-31/medieval-church-wall-painting-vandalised/ which shows the paintings in their setting in the church.

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