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, 19 May 2020

St Peter Celestine - Pope Celestine V

In the Extraordinary Form today it has been the feast day of St Peter da Morone or St Peter Celestine who reigned as Pope Celestine V for five months in 1294.

His short pontificate was to prove momentous in restablishing the election of Popes by a Conclave of Cardinals and in ending with his abdication and the election of Pope Boniface VIII.

There is a good account of his life as a hermit monk, his foundation of the Celestine order of observant Benedictines and his curious tenure of the Holy See at Pope Celestine V.The portrait in that account is interesting in that it shows him, probably accurately, wearing his Papal robes over his monastic habit. He would however have worn a Papal crown with just one circlet - the Triple Tiara was introduced by his successor Pope Boniface VIII.

St Peter Celestine by Niccolò di Tommaso, Castel Nuovo Naples
Image: Wikipedia 

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