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The University of Oxford was a medieval wonder. After its foundation in the late 12th century it designed one of Europe's most admired syllabuses for the study of the liberal arts... Read more
The University of Oxford was a medieval wonder. After its foundation in the late 12th century it designed one of Europe's most admired syllabuses for the study of the liberal arts (the trivium and the quadrivium) and theology, and attracted teachers of international caliber and fame. The ideas of brilliant thinkers like Robert Grosseteste (who in the early 13th century mastered and taught Greek when almost no-one else was doing so), pioneering Franciscan philosopher Roger Bacon (zealous proponent of experimental science) and reforming Christian humanist John Colet redirected traditional scholasticism and helped usher in the Renaissance. In this latest installment of her major two-volume history of the great rival institutions of Oxford and Cambridge, G R Evans turns to the elder university and reveals a powerhouse of learning and culture. Over a span of more than 800 years Oxford has nurtured some of the greatest minds, while right across the globe its name is synonymous with educational excellence. From dangerous political upheavals caused by the radical and inflammatory ideas of John Wyclif to the bloody 1555 martyrdoms of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley; and from John Ruskin's innovative lectures on art and explosive public debate between Charles Darwin and his opponents to gentler meetings of the Inklings in the 'Bird and Baby', Evans brings Oxford's revolutionary events, as well as its remarkable intellectual journey, to vivid and sparkling life.
The University of Oxford Paperback edition by G. R. Evans
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations List of Illustrations Introduction: Coming to Oxford 1 Towards Oxford today Not an Inkling of the future? Riding out the First World War Oxford takes the state's penny Letting the women in: 1920 and after Between the Wars The Second World War and its aftermath A Symposium at Worcester: the 1950s to the 1980s From student protest to the battle for academic freedom The 1990s and the beginning of another Oxford century 2 Oxford's Middle Ages Oxford from the inside: inventing a University Designing a syllabus Housing the scholars Quarrels and confrontations 3 Oxford and the interfering Tudors Renaissance in Oxford Reformation in Oxford Consequences for the colleges Another inspection: Edward VI goes 'visiting' Mary Tudor's Visitors: the volte-face Elizabeth puts Oxford under the statutes of the realm Teaching the arts from the late sixteenth century 4 Oxford keeps up with the times Oxford and the state A society of scholars: student life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Independent intellectuals and new styles of academic life Teaching: the changing intellectual life of Oxford Experiments in collegiate life and new ideas about universities The Bodleian Library and the University Press 5 The nineteenth-century transformation Varieties of student life at Oxford The Oxford Movement State interference and the threat of external 'reform' brings about major change What became of the liberal arts? Bringing the syllabus up to date: the Oxford reform of classical education Oxford studies the sciences Examinations reformed Oxford does its bit for social mobility Conclusion Notes Select bibliography Index
G R Evans is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. Her companion volume, The University of Cambridge: A New History (2010), is also published by I.B.Tauris.
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