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    DescriptionChrist Church, founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, and arguably the grandest college in the University of Oxford, has been the subject of only one previous history. Now Judith Curthoys, the college archivist, presents a new and fascinating account of this unique institution - a joint foundation of college and cathedral with its own peculiar constitution. Despite having been described as like cream ('rich, thick and full of clots'), Christ Church has never been just a refuge for the elite, and over the centuries it has produced a dazzling list of famous and learned men and (since 1980) women. We learn of its traditions and its eccentricities: from its early emphasis on prayer and discipline to the intricacies of its early plumbing; and from its strong associations with music, architecture and art to its battles (both ancient and modern) with student drunkenness. We learn too of the sometimes extraordinary power and influence of the Dean, the college's head, and at times of the reigning monarch too - Charles I even made it his headquarters during the Civil War. Above all, we see not an ivory tower, but a great institution that has survived all the vicissitudes of English history; adapting to, and often influencing, the constant tide of social, political, academic and ecclesiastical change.

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    The Cardinal's College
    Christ Church, Chapter and Verse
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Curthoys
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 977 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846686177
    ISBN 10: 1846686172

    BIC E4L: EDU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESF
    BIC subject category V2: JNL, HR
    BISAC V2.8: EDU015000
    BIC subject category V2: JNLR
    DC23: 378.4257
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    c. 50-60 b/w halftones (integrated)
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
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    Author Information
    Judith Curthoys MSt, DAA has been archivist at Christ Church since 1994. During that time, she was co-editor of Christ Church: a portrait of the House (2006), has contributed articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), and was for ten years reviews editor of the local archaeological and architectural journal, Oxoniensia.