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, 21 May 2020

The Obsequies of Anne of Brittany Queen of France

By chance I came across a detailed online account of the funeral ceremonies of Anne of Brittany in January and February 1514. Duchess of Brittany in her own right as heiress of her father Duke Francis II she was to have the unique distinction of being Queen Consort of France twice, marrying King Charles VIII and then his successor King Louis XII. There is an illustrated online life of her which can be read at Anne of Brittany.

The comprehensive account of the ceremonies of her lying in state, the transport of her body and her final interment can be seen here.

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