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Oriel College: A History Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199595720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199595723
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 5.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oriel College is the latest of the Oxford colleges to benfit from a detailed history. Jeremy Catto's skilfully edited collection of essays does remarkable double duty, weaving together the interbal history of the colleg and the story of its place in the wider world. And Catto has elicited great narrative unanimity from his contributors. (Richard Cross, The Times Literary Supplement)

this stupendous volume, with its impeccable paper, typeface and illustrations, has something of interest to say about every phase, from the middle ages to the present. It is by way of being a history not merely of Oriel, but of Oxford itself. (A.N. Wilson, The Spectator)

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Jeremy Catto is a medieval historian who has taught at the University of Durham and at Oriel College, where he has been a fellow since 1969. His historical interests are focussed on the history or ideas and the history of religion in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr C Sladen on 5 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a magnificent history of one of Oxford's oldest colleges. Founded around 1326, Oriel has witnessed all the trials and triumphs of university life and was at the centre of the furious politico-religious debates of Victorian times. As well as detailed narrative chapters for each century, there are separate 'Thematic' chapters on such subjects as Oriel and science, sport and 'the wider world'. The book is handsomely produced, with over 100 black and white illustrations, and a handful of colour plates of Oriel's great and good! Not exactly bedtime reading - too heavy to handle - but a readable reference work which can be dipped into time and time again.
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sometimes an interesting read. 8 Jun 2014
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In a book of this price and splendidness there should have been some biographies of the contributors. Also some of the early chapters were a bit dry, and could have done with some explanation of the unfamiliar terms used (the book is intended for a general audience). But lots of good tales of chaps in the Good Old Days, and lots of good photos.
Readable, encyclopedic - with witty bits 2 Jun 2014
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[Disclosure: the reviewer is an alumnus of Oriel, matriculating in 1953]

This is a big book with much information from before the origin of the University of Oxford, interweaving the history of Oriel with local, national and European history right to the 21st Century.

My interest was particularly in the last two centuries and reviewing the roles of Oriel alumni in the religious debates of that time. Naturally, I peered at the accounts of the last 60 years which were accurate as far as my parallel experiences are recalled. I was particularly pleased - charmed - at the manner in which vignettes of Fellows and other alumni whom I personally knew were sketched - accurately but graciously. For me, that alone was worth the price of the book.

The general reader would find the work an engrossing aid to reviewing English history of the last 700years.
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