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.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Envisaging Hagia Sophia as a cathedral

Shawn Tribe at the Liturgical Arts Journal has an interesting post about the internal arrangements of Hagia Sophia as the patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople before 1453. He makes the valuable point that until 1054 it functioned as that within an officially undivided Church - a longer period of 517 years than it has served as a mosque, never mind the period after 1054 when in was a church that was exclusively Greek (1054-1204, 1261-1453 ) or Latin ( 1204-1261).

His illustrated post can be viewed at The Historical Christian Arrangement of Hagia Sophia 

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