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, 1 June 2016

Earliest Roman letters from London

The BBC News website has a report about the discovery in London of what are the earliest known handwritten letters from this country. They are on wooden tablets and are datable to 57AD and indicate the already established commercial life and social activities of Londinium. The report can be seen at: UK's oldest hand-written document 'at Roman London dig'

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