Brasenose: The Biography of an Oxford College by J. Mordaunt Crook

Brasenose: The Biography of an Oxford College

byJ. Mordaunt Crook

Hardcover | June 11, 2008

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Brasenose College, Oxford was founded in 1509 by a Bishop (William Smith) and a lawyer (Richard Sutton). Both came from the North West of England, and the College has always been proud of its links with Lancashire and Cheshire. But over the centuries Brasenose - or 'B.N.C.' as it is usuallyknown - has expanded its reputation world-wide: in sport, law, politics, literature. This is the first general history of Brasenose for more than a hundred years. Using college archives, letters, and diaries, it aims to re-create something of the variety and texture of academic life over a period offive centuries: the learning, the conversation, the sport; the intellectual milieu, and physical setting; the architecture inside and out; the food and drink, the quirks of personality, the little dramas, and absurdities that make up the small change of corporate living.Brasenose was the first Oxford college to admit undergraduates on a statutory basis; and the first of the men's colleges to decide to admit women. From Walter Pater to William Golding; from Earl Haig to Archbishop Runcie; from Prince Obolenski to Colin Cowdrey; from Elias Ashmole and John Buchan toMichael Palin and David Cameron: Brasenose has never been short of personalities. The originator of rugby football (William Webb Ellis), the inventor of bottled beer (Alexander Nowell), the lyricist of Danny Boy (Fred Weatherley) the father of political economy (Sir William Petty), the physicist whodiscovered the fuel cell (Sir William Grove): all these were Brasenose men. Here Vincent's Club was founded. Here Brideshead Revisited was born: Sebastian was a Brasenose man. Here C. S. Lewis looked into a chapel wardrobe and emerged in the kingdom of Narnia. For the first time, this original and entertaining narrative places all these people, and hundreds more, in the context of college life and in the wider world of university politics. Brasenose is very far from being a dull, institutional history. It bubbles with anecdote and incident. This iscollective biography on an epic scale

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J. Mordaunt Crook is a Supernumerary Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Title:Brasenose: The Biography of an Oxford CollegeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:June 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. 1509-1688 Martyrs and King's Men: Reformation, War and Revolution2. 1688-1785 Georgian Brasenose: Tories and Jacobites, Methodists and Freemasons3. 1785-1822 'The First College in Oxford': Cleaver, Hodson and the Hebers4. 1822-1853 Religion and Reform: The Brasenose of Gilbert and Harington5. 1853-1886 The Age of Athletic Prizemen: Walter Pater and 'The Chief'6. 1886-1918 Officers and Gentlemen: The Days of Haig and Buchan7. 1918-1948 Brideshead Suspended: The Legacy of Stallybrass8. 1948 onwards All Change: Towards a Global EliteAppendicesa. List of Principalsb. List of Major Benefactorsc. Members of the Phoenix Common Roomd. List of Rhodes Scholarse. Presidents of the Brasenose Societyf. The College GracePlans: College Site and BuildingsIndex