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Founder of Lincoln Cathedral.
The Dean and Chapter of Lincoin re-<*> cently discovered the bones of their first bishop. Hitherto all men and books have said that Remingius, founder of the
cathedral. Jay s>uried beneath the nave. But in the -angel choir a flab of black warble has long borne his name, and there tl:oy found his remains, his chalice, his pat-en, and half his pastoral staff. It is fit tins (observes the London "'Daily Telegraph"') that he should not he num bered amonjr those that hare no monu ment, and in the year in which the achievement o: his master, William 1k? (Jocqcerer, is honored we may T.-ell spare tome thoughts lor Bemigiu3. The history of the Church will record him as one of ihe greatest of Jvagiiab. -prelates. He f.-as almoner o: the SeucJictine abbey of Fecamp when William issued tie prospec tus of hJ6 company for the conquest cf England. Remigius (in tile vernacular Ilemi) took up shares, prori?iin<; one chip with twenty nghtisg-Enen upon condition of receiving the first English bishopric vacant. In the year sfter the conquest Vulfwy of Dorchester opportunely died. Remains had some trouble with Borne about sueteedinK him, tr'iitlior, as one story goes, because in his hurry he ac cepted conspcration from .an imcanovifal archbishop, or, according to another, be cause there was some smack of simony about his understanding with William. But he got his appointmect conSnced 3nd set to work, like a true Xorman. build ing. His was an unwieldy See, sprawling across England from Oxford to the Uum ber, -with its cathedral at one extremity, the Tillage of Dorchestcr-on-Thames. The Norman Spirit. After KeaiigiuE had been building there a_ tew years it was ordered ihat bishops should transfer their Sees from "'viilviao" to walled cities.' Keraigius went off to the other end o: the diocese, the cM ttoman town of f.incola< wher.j lus friend the Kin^ was building a cis'.ii-. He destroyed an early church, and on ;h<; site built a massive cathedral. It xvaa far advanced in 1092. iive years after Wi'.iiam's deatb. twenty-five fears iitier Remigius had been made oishop. But there was tron'jic about the consecration. The Archbishop of York would not act unless his jurisdiction in Lincoln wts ad mi-ted. lit-migius was not the inai: to yield to c'_alma of that sort. Monry passed from him to the King, and Wil liam Hu:us bade the bishops assemble and consecrate. But three days beZi.Te the time appointed liemifpus died. He was buried before the altar of the Holy Cross in his own cathderal, wiiicn it wot lefr to his successor Kufus's C%ancei!iir, to finish. Of what Bemigius built but little now remains. His church was damaged by fire and split by an earth quake, and St. Hugh had to buiid anew, tut in the treat piece of Norman masonry in tlie west front, -with, its strange aa.:s> t-^res of the torments o: the "wicked .-iiid the rewards of the righteous, we may see the work and the temper of Besujriae. He was a little man in body, the chranicJer fays, co small as to be almost a mock cf a. man, but though swarthy (another is more complimentary) a camely prelate enough. The tradition that he. had any remarkable sanctitr secmw not to have been heard of till long after his death. But he was emi r.cnt'y a man who gat things done, and that practical capacity of the little almoner of Fecamp is aa. admira&le example of the spirit which the Xbraans brought into England.