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.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Festschrift for Peter Nockles

Earlier this afternoon I was able to join in by invitation in the launch of Religion in Britain, 1660-1900: Essay in Honour of Peter B. Nockles which has been published as a special edition of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library

Peter worked in connection with or at the John Rylands from 1979 until his retirement and this was a tribute to his work as a librarian and archivist as well as a scholar. 

I first met Peter about fifteen years ago on one of his many return visits to Oxford and we became friends and dining companions.

The festschrift appears to cover a wide range of topics and should have a wide appeal to scholars of the periods covered in that it gives an opportunity to get into print and place before readers those specialised piieces of research which can so illuminate hitherto neglected aspects of the past.

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