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.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Australian addendum

After I had posted Much Ado About Nothing Down Under yesterday about the “Palace Papers” in Australia I came across another Wikipedia article about the development of the Australian monarchy during the twentieth century. This adds considerably to the account of the place of the monarch within the Australian constitution which I linked to, and is well worth looking at. It shows the organic and legal development of the institution under successive sovereigns, and how it has changed as the British Empire transformed itself into the Commonwealth. It can be viewed   at History of monarchy in Australia

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