Balliol College: A History, Second Edition: REISSUE, WITH REVISIONS

Hardcover | October 7, 1997

byJohn Jones

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Balliol College has existed as a community of scholars on its present site without interruption since about 1263. By this token it is the oldest College in Oxford or Cambridge. Balliol men were prominent in the collection of humanist literature in the fifteenth century, and the College wasnotorious in the century after that for adherence to Rome. Even the relative obscurity of the next two hundred years was occasionally illuminated by famous members such as John Evelyn the diarist (1620-1706) and James Stirling the mathematician (1692-1770). Balliol blazed the trail in the earlynineteenth century by introducing a competitive entrance examination, becoming a dominant influence throughout the British Empire in Victorian and Edwardian times. The College's sometime members include many poets and men of letters, heads of government, heads of state, and religious leaders. Thefirst edition (1988) which used much fresh material and was revisionist in its conclusions, ended with the outbreak of war in 1939. The second edition included new detail throughout, a greatly increased number of illustrations, and it brought coverage up to 1996 in an extended Epilogue. Therevised second edition has been brought up to 2004 in the extended Epilogue.

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Balliol College has existed as a community of scholars on its present site without interruption since about 1263. By this token it is the oldest College in Oxford or Cambridge. Balliol men were prominent in the collection of humanist literature in the fifteenth century, and the College wasnotorious in the century after that for adhere...

John Jones was admitted to Balliol as a Commoner in 1961. He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship in Biological Science in 1966 and has been Official Fellow and Tutor in Organic Chemistry, and Archivist since 1968 and 1981 respectively. Dean 1972-2002, he has been Vice-Master since 2002. His other publications include The Ch...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:October 7, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0199201811

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Table of Contents

1. The Foundation of the College2. Constitutional Change and Expansion in the Fourteenth Century3. The Early Members4. The Fifteenth Century5. Bishop Fox's Statutes6. The Second Chapel and the Reformation7. Elizabethan Balliol: College Life and Administration8. 'Suspicion of Papistrie'9. The Early Seventeenth Century10. The Civil War and Interregnum11. Penury and Recovery 1660-172012. People, Life, and Times 1675-172513. The Mastership of Theophilus Leigh14. From Obscurity to Pre-eminence 1785-185415. On the Crest of a Wave: Jowett's Balliol16. Effortless Superiority 1893-191417. The Great War18. Balliol between the WarsEpilogueAppendicesPlans of the College Sites and BuildingsIndex

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`John Jones's book, part of an admirable OUP series, reminds us of the strength and civilised charm of the collegiate university.'Spectator