Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford

Edited by Louise Durning

Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford
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Edited by Louise Durning

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Translated by Sarah Knight With an Introduction by Louise Durning
112 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 7 x 10 | © 2006
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781851243150 Published November 2006 For sale in North America only
In 1566, Queen Elizabeth I visited Oxford for the first time. She toured the colleges, gave lectures, and attended a play in her honor at Christ Church. She was presented with a companion—a handbook made specifically for her and now fully reproduced as Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford.
Newly translated, the book's Latin verse is written in a conversational tone as a lively discussion between the revered Queen and a knowledgeable guide. The volume also includes exquisite pen-and-ink drawings of Oxford's most famous buildings and an illuminating introduction by Louise Durning that places the text in its proper historical context. As Durning relates, Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford served several purposes, the most important of which was Oxford's interest in the Queen's potential patronage of a new college. Although Elizabeth never honored the request, she was eventually honored as the "founder" of Jesus College.
Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford offers a glimpse into the process of patronage during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It will be treasured by scholars of Elizabethan history as well as by anyone interested in the historical development of universities around the world.
M. Wayne Cunningham | Renaissance Magazine
"A treasure for scholars and renaissance buffs alike. It provides scholars with an opportunity to delve into a rare commemorative record of a specific Elizabethan event. . . . With the skills of the academic researcher and the instincts of a detective Durning outlines a most interesting case for the creation of the manuscript, the motives for its construction, and the processes of its development. . . . Well deserving of a recommendation to read and keep as a treasure."
List of Illustrations
Introduction, Louise Durning
Note on the Manuscript, Louise Durning
The Manuscript
     i.  The Topographical Delineation of the Colleges and Public Schools of the University of Oxford, Translated from the Latin by Sarah Knight
     ii.  Gratulatory Address and Poem, Translated from the Hebrew by Helen Spurling
Notes on the Drawings, Louise Durning
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