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.


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

St Edmund of Abingdon


Today is the feast of both St Margaret of Scotland and St Edmund of Abingdon, and following that link will take you to my post about them both from last year. This year I am posting about them separately

St Edmund of Abingdon, born there about 1175, an Oxford academic and subsequently Archbishop of Canterbury 1234-1240,who was canonised in 1247.

The recent Oxford DNB life by C.H.Lawrence is judicious and can be read here and there is another online article about him here.


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St Edmund of Abingdon
Thirteenth century glass in the east window of St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford

Image: Lawrence Lew on Flickr

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St Edmund's fibula on display in Westminster Cathedral on his feast day in 2010

Image: Lawrence Lew on Flickr


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