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 December 2020

Fishing in the Middle Ages

Fishing, the fishing industry, and the regulation and management thereof is in the news as a remaining unresolved topic in the Brexit negotiations. The importance of fishing as a food source and as a means of employment and income generation is long-standing. 

By chance I came across a post from the Medievalists.net site which looks at fishing in the medieval centuries, and the variety of ways in which it was carried out. It brings out both its importance to daily life and also the way in which it attracted government regulation from at least the thirteenth century. 

This interesting and informative article can be read at Sustainable and Innovative: The Medieval Art of Fishing

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