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.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Momento Mori Funerary Banners

One of the pieces of seasonal paraphernalia that appears at All Souls and through November for the Masses of the Dead at the Oxford Oratory is a handsome and dignified black banner with a depiction in silver embroidery of the Cross and Suderium. Last August Shawn Tribe had a post on his Liturgical Arts Journal site about such banners, illustrated with nineteenth century examples from Italy which can be seen at Funerary Processional Banners with Memento Mori

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