A History of University College, Oxford

Hardcover | August 1, 2008

byRobin Darwall-Smith

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University College, founded with a bequest from William of Durham in 1249, lays claim to be the oldest College endowment in Oxford or Cambridge, and this is its first full-length history for over a century. Drawing extensively on the College's archives, which have not been studied in detailfor decades, and many other sources, Robin Darwall-Smith tells the story of University College afresh, from when it began life as a small College of just four Fellows, permitted only to study theology, through its many changes, not least when it began to accept undergraduates in the sixteenthcentury, down to the present day. A College, however, is above all a community of people, and this book considers all aspects of the College's history, from its servants through to its Fellows, to give some idea of what it has meant to be a member of University College down the centuries. This isalso a tale of how wider events can be reflected in one small College, be it the effects of civil and world war, or of political and religious upheavals. Readers will encounter several of the College's most famous Old Members and Fellows, including Clement Attlee and Harold Wilson, Bill Clinton,Bob Hawke, Sir William Jones, C. S. Lewis, and Percy Shelley, but often it is the people now forgotten by posterity who may emerge as the most representative and lively witnesses of their own times.

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University College, founded with a bequest from William of Durham in 1249, lays claim to be the oldest College endowment in Oxford or Cambridge, and this is its first full-length history for over a century. Drawing extensively on the College's archives, which have not been studied in detailfor decades, and many other sources, Robin Dar...

Robin Darwall-Smith was an undergraduate and a postgraduate at University College, Oxford, before training as an archivist at Liverpool University. He has been Archivist of University College since 1993 and Archivist of Magdalen College since 1996. He has published many articles on aspects of both these Colleges' histories, as well as...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:550 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.44 inPublished:August 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordPreface and AcknowledgmentsIllustrations, Tables, and MapsAbbreviations and ConventionsI. William of Durham and the Idea of a College: 1249-1280II. A College takes shape: 1280-1361III. Crisis: 1361-1411IV. Medieval Equilibrium: 1411-1509V. Life in a late-medieval CollegeVI. Change within and Change without: 1509-1572VII. Under the Chancellor's Gaze: 1572-1632VIII. The Early Undergraduate CollegeIX. Buildings and Benefactions, Civil War and Commonwealth: 1632-1660X. The Rise and Fall of Obadiah Walker: 1660-1689XI. The Era of Arthur Charlett: 1689-1722XII. Storm and Calm: 1722-1764XIII. Glory and Decline: 1764-1807XIV. The Workings of a Georgian CollegeXV. From Shelley's Oxford to Stanley's Oxford: 1808-1850XVI. The College Transformed: 1850-1881XVII. The 'D.O.C.': 1881-1914XVIII. Preserving Continuity: 1914-1945XIX. The College Renewed: 1945-1979XX. Epilogue: 1979-2007Appendix I: Masters of University CollegeAppendix II: Fellows of University CollegeAppendix III: Members of University College in the Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyAppendix IV: Social Backgrounds of Members of University College, 1550-1807Appendix V: Properties outside Oxford acquired by University College before 1850Bibliography