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, 20 April 2021

Prince Philip on being a ‘European mongrel’

For someone of my views, and being of a sensitive disposition, reading articles in The Guardian on the Monarchy is not usually recommended. However I came across an article from the paper’s online site which does rather probe that rule. It is by Will Hutton, the economics journalist and academic, and is informative as to Prince Philip in action on behalf of the Crown and is an entertaining account of a dinner party at Buckingham Palace. In that it is also ties in with what I wrote in The supra-national background of Prince PhilipIt is also is an interesting commentary on aspects of the European debate amongst the political insiders of recent years.

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