In this entertaining and lively anthology, Jan Morris traces the history of Oxford University from its foundation in the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century, combining extracts from contemporary observers with her own informative commentary.
The reader is invited to view the development of the college system, the creation of the Bodleian, Magdalen's defiance of James II, Newman, and the Oxford Movement. The life and times of Oxford are exalted or derided by writers ranging from the antiquarian Anthony Wood to Evelyn Waugh, Dr. Johnson and Mr. Gladstone, Hilaire Belloc and Thomas Hardy. Unworldly scholars and eccentric dons walk the pages, accompanied by the great characters of Oxford such as Benjamin Jowett, Sir Maurice Bowra, and William Spooner.
`Review from previous edition an admirable book ... full of bustling Oxford life'
Times Literary Supplement
`The whole book is composed of choice quotes ... a book in which to put your thumb and pull out a plum'
Map of Oxford (Drawn by Denys Baker)
1: The Learned Imps 1200 - 1558
2: Peace and War 1558 - 1700
3: Port and Prejudice 1700 - 1800
4: The Country House 1800 - 1850
5: The Power House 1850 - 1914
6: Coming to Terms 1914 - 1945