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, 30 April 2020

Quiz time for Whigs and Tories

The assiduous Special Correspondent has sent me the link to a quiz designed to show how one might have fitted into the political world in the reign of Queen Anne 1702-1714. If your knowledge of the period does not extend beyond having watched that very curious film The Favourite you may need to do a little bit of background reading about the competing politics and personalities of the reign before attempting the questionnaire. You will get an instant result as to where you would have stood on the issues of the day.

The  quiz can be found at 

In case you are wondering, yes, I have taken the test and got a result. It was not at all unexpected, but I shall keep that to myself - well, for the moment at least.


Rita said...

Thanks for that, I enjoyed it!

Reassured to know I am a Jacobite Crypto-Papist

Patricius said...

Thank you. I didn't understand the "crypto-" bit.