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.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Chalice from Vindolanda

I chanced online upon a report from the Daily Express website about the discovery at the Roman fort and associated settlement at Vindolanda, which lies behind Hadrian’s Wall, of the remains of a sixth century chalice. This is an item from perhaps two centuries after the fort was abandoned by the military but the site was, it appears, still clearly used by the post-Roman, Romano-British population as a centre for worship. Romanitas and Christianity still went hand in hand. The article - punctuated alas by advertisements - can be viewed at Archaeology breakthrough: Ancient Christian chalice find rewrites UK religious history

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