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, 7 September 2020

Sheffield Castle

Dare I say it, but the Daily Mirror is not a newspaper I expect to see reporting archaeological discoveries of other than the most spectacular sort. However Google presented me with this online report from the paper about discoveries in Sheffield of more of the remains of the medieval castle of the Furnivals and the Talbots. Along with Sheffield Manor on the edge of the old town the castle was one of the houses occupied by Mary Queen of Scots in her time in England. As the article points out most people think of Sheffield as a modern industrial city and forget, or are unaware of, its medieval history. The report can be read at Archaeologists unearth secrets of lost castle that was destroyed 370 years ago

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