Oxford Historical Society, Volume 4

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Clarendon Press for the Oxford Historical Society, 1885 - Oxford (England) - 415 pages

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Page 115 - College with various items of personal expenditure, such as an immense looking-glass for his wife, 'for her to see her ugly face and body to the middle,' and an equally large bedstead with bedding for himself; of burning an inordinate quantity of the choicest firewood in his numerous grates ; of annexing to the Warden's house a set of Fellows...
Page 13 - University a great seminary of secular clergy, which should educate a succession of men capable of doing good service in Church and State. The conception which underlies and pervades his Statutes is well interpreted by Bishop Hobhouse : — ' He borrowed from the monastic institutions the idea of an aggregate body living by common rule, under a common head, provided with all things needful for a corporate and perpetual life, fed by its secured endowments, and fenced from all external interference...
Page 17 - The adjoining muniment-room, or treasury, with its high-pitched roof of solid masonry, is certainly not of a later date, and is sometimes referred to an earlier period. The original north and east sides of the primitive quadrangle, called Mobquadrangle, were probably erected at the same time ; and the Bursars' rolls of 1306, noting payments for ' the new chambers,' may perhaps mark the actual time of their completion. The southern and western sides of this quadrangle — the cradle of the college...
Page 24 - The northern estates were let as early as 1280, and the college never farmed on its own account its lands in Leicestershire. ' After the plague most of the lands were let. The wages of labour, despite the restrictions put on them by the statute of 1350, rose so considerably that it was no longer profitable to hold and cultivate by bailiff. Corn, it is true, was dear, for between the years 1349 and 1376 the average price of wheat was only three times below $s.
Page 18 - Cuckfield, who apparently had no connexion with the college. the conclusion, founded on architectural analogies, that the remarkable chamber which now contains the library was originally intended for a dormitory, and afterwards converted to its present use, the muniment-room being large enough to hold all the books which the college is likely to have possessed a century and a half before the invention of printing. Some light is thrown on this question by certain entries in a college account of Jan.
Page 177 - Arden's will was made November 24th, and proved December 17th, 1556, he having died in the interval. We subjoin the greater part of it : " First, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, and to our blessed Lady St. Mary, and to all the holy company of heaven ; and my body to be buried in the church-yard of St. John the Baptist in Aston aforesaid. "Also, I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Mary all my land in Wilmecote called Ashbies, and the crop upon the ground, sown and tilled as it is ; and...
Page 146 - ... ordination, on Trinity Sunday, at Oxford, there were no fewer (as I am informed) than fifteen denied orders for insufficiency, \ which is the more to be noted, because our bishops, and those employed by them, are themselves generally illiterate men.
Page 322 - Altar. THE members of the College must all be present together, as far as their leisure serves, at the canonical hours and celebration of masses on holy and other days. And in order that these duties may be performed with the greater comeliness and decency, I have resolved and I decree that four ministers of the altar, or three at fewest, who are to be in priests...
Page 91 - University and colleges were expressly reserved, but with a distinct proviso intimating that a thorough reform was intended by the Parliament. Harvey must now have retired from the Wardenship, and Brent must have resumed office, though no minute of either event is preserved in the College Register. We find, however, that in September, 1 648, Brent rendered accounts, as Warden, for the four years from 1642 to 1646.
Page 14 - ... academical history of the Middle Ages. Not only was it the archetype upon which all the collegiate foundations at Oxford were moulded, but the regula Mertonensis was expressly adopted as a model for the oldest college at Cambridge. Hugh Balsham obtained a licence from Edward the First to found Peterhouse on the same basis as Merton, and the Statutes of Peterhouse, drawn up by Simon Montacute, his successor in the see of Ely, purport to be little more than a revised edition of the Merton code2.

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