This volume describes a century of rapid and fundamental change. Under the Tudors the University witnessed the dramatic intrusion of successive governments into its affairs by visitations, and by the supplanting of the medieval regime of the regent masters with government by heads of houses. In the background to these violent changes the college evolved into the ordinary home of the undergraduate, displacing the medieval private hall, and Oxford acquired its familiar character as an association of endowed collegiate undergraduate societies. The intellectual counterpart of this institutional change was the spread of humanism, particularly in the faculty of arts. This volume challenges the view that these changes were purely unofficial and extra-curricular, and argues that the statutory curriculum, properly understood, was an integral part of this humanistic, neo-Aristotelian, and cosmopolitan Latin culture. Contributors: James McConica, Carl I. Hammer, jr., Claire Gross, J. M. Fletcher, John Caldwell, Gillian Lewis, John Barton, S. L. Greenslade, G. D. Duncan, Jennifer Loach, Penry Williams, N. R. Ker, G. E. Aylmer, John Newman.
'... a volume of exceptional importance for our understanding of Tudor England, admirably devised and elegantly presented. It is a study which achieves intimacy with its subject without any lapse into parochialism; simply as an acount of institutional life in early modern England it is filled with enthralling material.' Dominic Baker-Smith, Renaissance Studies
'This is a book of extraordinary richness, in keeping with the significance of its topic for the evolution of national life. The editor has drawn together a scheme of contributions which could hardly be bettered for its provision of common themes within a convincing stock of detail;' Dominic Baker-Smith Renaissance Studies
'Anyone concerned with the life of Tudor England - and much that has come after - will find if full of fascinating and elegantly presented information. It is, in other words, a book that should be accessible to all with an interest in the Renaissance in England.' Dominic Baker-Smith Renaissance Studies
'As an addition to Tudor studies and the history of education, The Collegiate University is a truimphant accomplishment.' Ronald H Fritze, The Sixteenth Century Journal
'The writing of the new history of the University of Oxford continues with magisterial tread, with the appearance of the Tudor volume...the present volume will be quite indispensable, based as it is on a mastery of past and present research as well as on a hitherto unattainable comprhensive search of the archives of both the university and its colleges.' Kenneth Charlton History of Education