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, 1 April 2021

King Charles IV and his first attempt to recover the throne of Hungary

This week is the centenary of the Easter Crisis in Hungary in 1921. This was the first of two attempts that year by King Charles IV to regain his Hungarian throne. The King - Emperor Charles I of Austria, and since 2004, Bl. Charles - arrived on March 26th in Hungary from his exile in Switzerland. It was Easter weekend and his appearance in the country a surprise to the authorities. The events of the following week which ended with his departure back to Switzerland in April 5th and of his second attempt in the autumn are recounted in Charles IV of Hungary's attempts to retake the throne

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The small coat of arms of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1915 

Image: Wikipedia 

Today is the 99th anniversary of the death of the Emperor-King at the age of 34 from pneumonia in his new place of exile on Madeira. In this centenary year the Emperor Charles League of Prayer has various devotional and commemorative items available vi their website. This booklet seems the most appropriate to publicise today. Written by Prof. Dr Hans Karl Zessner-Spitzenberg, it chronicles the final days and hours of the Emperor, an intimate view of his heroic and saintly life.

Endorsed by the Emperor’s descendants it can be purchased for $4.00 online from emperorcharles.org/store/death-of


The main website can be found at Emperor Karl League of Prayer

Bl. Charles Pray for us

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