An Oxford University professor has become the second living British expert of the arts to be elected to Portugal’s national academy.

Professor Tom Earle has been made a foreign member of the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa – Classe de Letras, the equivalent of the UK’s British Academy and Royal Society combined.

He has lectured at Oxford for more than 40 years specialising in Portuguese Renaissance literature.

Professor Earle said, “This accolade is a great honour. As a foreigner I have been received into a body that recognises outstanding achievements by scholars of Portugal in the sciences and arts.”

He added, “I have been able to spend a very long time studying this esoteric subject. It has been a lifetime well spent.”