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, 30 July 2021

Parish life in the past

Christopher Howse has an article in the Daily Telegraph about parish life in the later middle ages which draws upon the work of Professor Nicholas Orme, the distinguished historian of medieval childhood and education, and also of parish life in south west England, in his new book Going to Church in Medieval England.

This is not so much a review article as a taster of the good things that surely await the reader, and indeed it looks to be a feast of good things  or of good measure pressed down and overflowing.

Christopher Howse’s article can be read at Sacred Mysteries: Why the drinkers got up early to go to church

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