A History of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

December 1999
1 colour, 46 black and white, 5 line illustrations
785 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851153933
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC EDU016000, EDU015000

A History of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Sarah Bendall, Christopher Brooke, Patrick Collinson

Emmanuel's history encompasses Puritanism and links with Pilgrim Fathers, and continuing involvement in theological debate. Discussion of college finances on scale never previously attempted in Oxbridge college history.
Emmanuel College was founded by the royal minister Sir Walter Mildmay in 1584; he chose a leading moderate puritan, Laurence Chaderton, as first Master, and aimed to educate godly ministers and good preachers. This history presents its development from these beginnings to the present day. They show how the college's original puritan character gave way to the liberal views of the Cambridge Platonists and the high churchmanship of William Sancroft, instrumental in bringing Christopher Wren to design the new college chapel; and how during the nineteenth century, as with other Cambridge colleges, it expanded in numbers and disciplines, becoming once again a notable centre of theology, and for the first time the home of serious teaching in the natural sciences. It has had a role in all the movements of the twentieth century which have made Cambridge what it is today: in learning, teaching, sport, and social life. A special feature of the book is the substantial account of the history of the college estates and finances, on a scale never before attempted for an Oxbridge college.
Dr SARAH BENDALLis Fellow Librarian and Archivist of Merton College, Oxford; CHRISTOPHER BROOKE is Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge; PATRICK COLLINSONis Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Cambridge.


For those with a particular interest in religious history this book has a great deal to recommend it. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY A fine ensemble containing a splendid and invaluable account of [the college] at its birth and in its heyday ...it is rare for college histories to be at once as useful and as enjoyable as this one. HISTORY Highly recommended for readers at all levels interested in the history of higher education. CHOICE

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