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 13 May 2024

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Thetford

The statue of Our Lady of Thetford in the Cluniac priory on the edge of the town was a later development than some others on the Pilgrimage, being a new focus on a rich array of neglected relics. The fact that the story of how the devotion was established adds considerably to its interest, with its vignettes of medieval life.
I have a short introduction from 2022 to the devotion at Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Thetford and a much longer account which I wrote in 2020 at Our Lady of ThetfordLike Waterton this drew upon a Cambridge MS which is quoted extensively in the VCH Norfolk vol ii.

May Our Lady of Thetford pray for The King and all the Royal Family and for us all

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