500 Years of Treasures from Oxford
500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

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Treasures From The Library Of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was founded 500 years ago, in 1517; to mark the anniversary, this catalogue provides a varied selection of some of the greatest treasures in the College Library.

Unlike Oxford's older colleges, Corpus Christi was founded with Renaissance ideals: it would promote the 'new learning' current in Europe, and would equip its students to read Hebrew and Greek—the original languages of the Bible—as well as Latin. To this end the College's Founder and its first President began to fill the Library with an astonishing collection of illuminated manuscripts and early printed books in these three languages.

Most of the books included date from the 12th to the 16th centuries, of which a significant proportion represent the Bible in a variety of different translations and versions. Others are later, including unique works that represent scientific discoveries made by astronomers including Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.

Richard Carwardine is an historian; he was President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 2010 to 2016. Peter Kidd is a freelance researcher who specializes in medieval illuminated manuscripts.

Authors: Richard Carwardine and Peter Kidd, 2017, Paperback, 64 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-78551-087-8.
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