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, 26 November 2020

Identifying the Holy House in Nazareth

The website of the MailonLine, as well as that of The Timesrecently had a report about a long-running and significant archaeological project in Nazareth which has examined the site and remains of what is believed, or argued, to be the Holy House. 

Reading the account the evidence appears, from memory, to fit with the discussion of the site in Michael Hesemann’s Mary of Nazareth: History, Archaeology, Legends ( Ignatius Press 2016 ) - a compelling and fascinating book which I highly recommend - and indeed with the story, as well as the surviving evidence about the Holy House of Loretto.

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