Early Records of University College, Oxford

October 2015
1 line illustrations
440 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Oxford Historical Society New Series
ISBN: 9780904107272
Format: Hardback
Oxford Historical Society

Early Records of University College, Oxford

Edited by R.H. Darwall-Smith

Edition - with English translation where appropriate - of crucial documents from the early history of Oxford's University College.
University College claims to be the oldest College in Oxford, tracing its origins to an endowment of 1249. This book brings together the great majority of pre-1550 documents, other than its account rolls, from the College's archives, providing a sourcebook for its early history. The first part contains editions of texts with facing translations into English, including the College's medieval statutes, and documents about its early buildings; the second deals with medieval deeds relating to the College's properties in Oxfordshire, provided as calendars, since they are considerably more formulaic. The volume also includes full notes and an introduction.

Robin Darwall-Smith is Archivist of Magdalen College; he has made extensive contributions to the history of both University College and Magdalen College.

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Editorial Note
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Part I: Texts and Translations
Part II: Calendars of Title Deeds


Robin Darwall-Smith has once again put all historians of medieval and early modern Oxford and its colleges in his debt, and has confirmed his position as the doyen of Oxford archivists. OXONIENSIA

The typography and book production are of the high standard typical of the OHS....[It is] a book which a wide variety of readers will find both helpful and pleasant to use. ARCHIVES & RECORDS

[A] fascinating and worthwhile volume. SEHEPUNKTE

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