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, 1 September 2022

St Giles

Today is the feast of St Giles. 

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Detail of Saint Giles and the Hind
by the Master of Saint Giles c.1500. National Gallery
There is more about the artist and the original altarpiece at The Mass of St Gilles by MASTER of Saint Gilles

Image: Wikipedia 

As someone who was baptised and worshipped in a church dedicated to him until my early forties he is a saint who figures in my mind and prayers.

A very popular saint in the middle ages many historic churches are dedicated to him across Europe, often representing ecclesial or cultural links along pilgrimage or trade routes.

Wikipedia sets out his legend and something of its historical context at Saint Giles

Jacapo de Voragine’s account of St Giles and his miracles from the thirteenth century Golden Legend as printed by William Caxton in the late fifteenth century can be read at Golden Legend: Life of Saint GilesThis has a number of images of the saint added to the text.

A modern devotional piece about St Giles and which includes various prayers seeking his aid can be found at St. Giles, Hermit and Abbot

There is an illustrated account of his life at Saint of the Day – 1 September – St Giles

Another life of the saint can be found on two separate websites but with different illustrations to each which is, despite its occasionally intrusive and tiresome attempts at humour, a useful introduction and can be viewed at St. Giles • V&A Blog and at Saint Giles, Hermit and Vegetarian

St Giles Pray for us

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