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

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OUP Oxford, Jul 10, 1997 - Architecture - 364 pages
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 was notorious 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 early nineteenth 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. The first 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. The revised second edition has been brought up to 2004 in the extended Epilogue.
 

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Contents

The Foundation of the College I
1
Constitutional Change and Expansion in the Fourteenth Century
13
The Early Members
21
The Fifteenth Century
30
Bishop Foxs Statutes
38
The Second Chapel and the Reformation
47
College Life and Administration
56
Suspicion of Papistrie
73
Effortless Superiority 18931914
225
The Great War
245
Balliol between the Wars
258
EPILOGUE
280
APPENDICES A Dervorguillas Statutes 318
300
B Visitors
321
Masters
323
Fellows Elected 15001939
325

The Early Seventeenth Century
82
The Civil War and Interregnum
101
Penury and Recovery 16601720
113
People Life and Times 16751725
135
The Mastership of Theophilus Leigh
155
From Obscurity to Preeminence 17851854
174
Jowetts Balliol
202
E Student Numbers
331
F Regional Bias 16001900
332
G Sources for the History of the College
333
PLANS OF THE COLLEGE SITES AND BUILDINGS
337
INDEX
343
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

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 since2002. His other publications include The Chemical Synthesis of Peptides (OUP, 1991).

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