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, 18 April 2017

Medieval Easter customs

The latest online issue of the Medieval Histories website has a series of Easter-themed posts which I think may be of interest to my readers, and so I have copied and pasted the links below:

Naumburg Cathedral Choir Screen c. 1250. Source: Wikipedia/Anders Hoernigk








Crucifixus Dolorosus or Forked Crucifix from c. 1300

In an unusually dramatic way, a Crucifixus Dolorosus or forked crucifix depicts the suffering and dying Christ hung on a living tree.   Read more.
Poland, National Museum of Warsaw. Source: Wikipedia








Arnulf of Leuven – Salve Mundi Salutare

Immersion into the corporeal horrors of the crucifixion led to a new late medieval devotion, the contemplation of the wounds. Arnulf of Leuven led the way   Read more.
Wienhausen Christ in Tomb








The Wienhausen Sepulchre and the Risen Christ

Wienhausen, a convent near Lüneburg has preserved a remarkable heritage of religious art in the form of murals, sculpture, textiles and texts. Touching the Risen Christ was the high point   Read more.
The Jewish cemetery in Prague. Source: Private Prague Guide

Passion in Prague

One of the more evocative places in Prague is the Jewish churchyard and the the oldest synagogue in Europe. In 1389 it was the scene of a terrible pogrom.  Read more.

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