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, 8 October 2020

Viking insights


Two recent posts about Viking life have come my way and they provide interesting insights into the lives of the extended world of Scandinavian raiders and traders.

The first, from The Scotsman, deals with some fairly formidable ladies from the Viking world who travelled extensively and wielded authority    as leaders. It can be read at Untold story of female Viking with Scottish ancestry brought to life

The second, which is taken from the website Norway Today, looks at Viking personal names, their meaning and significance, and can be seen at Viking names: From the historic to the most popular