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.

Friday, 9 April 2021

Prince Philip

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Image: Wikipedia

The death today of Prince Philip has already produced tributes and obituaries and I cannot claim the ability to say more than others better placed than myself have or will say. 

What one can say is simply to give thanks for an exceptional life lived to the full in the service of the Crown, the country and the Commonwealth, and as a loyal and dutiful husband. For all that we can and should all be grateful and pray for the repose of his soul and for the Queen and the Royal Family in their sorrow.

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