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.
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
This spectacular depiction of the Archangel was commissioned in 1468 from the Cordoban born artist who worked in the lands of the Crown of Aragon. Bermejo drew upon both the Aragonese- Catalan style and on that developed earlier in the century in the Netherlands.
In connection with a recent exhibition of Bermejo’s work at the National Gallery, of which the painting was the centrepiece there are two really excellent videos, each about an hour long. In the first Gabriel Finaldi speaks about Bermejo’s life and work at The art of Bartolomé Bermejo
In the second one Tobias Capwell from the Wallace Collection talks about the depiction of the armour, highlighting its accuracy and the visual splendour of fighting in the fifteenth century. That video can be seen at Curator of Arms and Armour on Bermejo
Both of these talks bring out the attention to detail that is a characteristic of Bermejo and of the era and the wonderful depiction of fabric and metal, the delight in the minutiae of the subject.