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, 1 June 2021

Unpacking the Galloway Hoard

I have posted before about the wonderful Viking era Galloway Horad from Scotland, which was found seven years ago. Last week The Independent had an excellent article about the latest interpretation of this major discovery, about its contents and about the way in which it had been concealed. This all reveals the wealth and established nature of Christianity in the region at the time, and the ways in which such treasures indicate trading an cultural links across the Mediterranean world to the Near East.

The article is a curtain raiser to the National Museum of Scotland exhibition of the items which has now opened in Edinburgh and will travel to Kirkcudbright and then to Aberdeen. It can be read at Solving one of Viking Age Britain’s greatest mysteries

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