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.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Buckinghamshire

The excavation in advance of the dreadful HS2 project of a major Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Wendover in Buckinghamshire is reported on by the BBC News website at Anglo-Saxon burial ground unearthed at HS2 site in Buckinghamshire

From what it says this is a clearly important discovery and the grave goods providing a further insight into the lives of the deceased. The range of cosmetic and toiletry aids once again refines our image of Anglo-Saxon life to one that is more elegant, more sophisticated than what is often assumed. So too does the presence of glass vessels in the burials - as we all know glass is always vulnerable and in the early medieval wotld an expensive and treasured possession usually an import from the Mediterranean world.

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