This Saturday I went back.
I didn't mention something that happened at the British Library. One morning, while I was waiting for the library to open, having tea at the place just outside the gates, another woman also sat to have tea. Like me, she was waiting for the library to open. We had a nice chat while we waited, and then I asked if she wanted to meet for lunch. So we did, and had another chat. And exchanged emails. She's working on Civil War stuff (English, not US), and is, I think, a historian/librarian. Anyway, she's associated with a couple of Oxford colleges, and said if I were going to come to Oxford, she'd show me around. And boy oh boy, did she ever!
My day started out with a tour of the 400-1600 British room at the Ashmolean, and then a bit of wandering through the museum. It's the sort of place where I can imagine spending a solid month and still feeling like there's too much to see!
Here's the funeral pall for Henry VII's casket. (His funeral was in Oxford.)
On the way to Worcester, we passed an older man walking the other direction. He nodded at her, and I'd gotten out of the way. And then she said it was Keith Thomas. KEITH THOMAS! WOW!
Then we walked to her other college, New College. Along the way, we passed this building. That high nub thing? That's Edmund Haley's observatory. Yep. (Though my guide was careful to tell me that he didn't make his biggest discoveries there.)