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.

Monday 5 June 2023

Drinking water in the middle ages

Medievalists.net has an article which is designed as a corrective to the oft repeated idea that people in the middle ages did not drink water because it was contaminated and drank ale or wine instead.

The author argues that medieval people knew perfectly well which water was safe to drink and which was not.

The article, which has a quite lengthy list of further reading material, can be read at Did people drink water in the Middle Ages?

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