Excerpt: ...bespoke the cosmopolitan character of the humanist republic of letters. The statutes were signed by the Founder with a trembling hand eight months before his death, so that only in imagination did he see his literary bees at work. Yonder to the south is Tom Tower, where hangs the great bell, which, "swinging slow with sullen roar," was ...
Excerpt: ...bespoke the cosmopolitan character of the humanist republic of letters. The statutes were signed by the Founder with a trembling hand eight months before his death, so that only in imagination did he see his literary bees at work. Yonder to the south is Tom Tower, where hangs the great bell, which, "swinging slow with sullen roar," was heard by Milton at Forest Hill. It was tolled a hundred and one times for the hundred and one students of Wolsey's House. The Tower, or Cupola, was the work, not Pg 82 of Wolsey but of Wren. Around the great quadrangle over which it rises are seen the lines for cloisters which were never built. The balustrade on the top of the quadrangle is an alien work of modern times. The Church of St. Frydeswide's Monastery does duty as the College Chapel, in place of the grand Chapel in the perpendicular style, which, had the Founder's plan taken effect, would have stood there. Moreover, that which should have been wholly a College is made to serve and to expend a part of its power as the Chapter of the Diocese of Oxford, lending its Chapel as the Cathedral, a niggardly arrangement which has been productive of strained relations Pg 83 between occupants of the See and Heads of the College. Ample and noble are the courts of Wolsey. Worthy of his magnificence is the great Hall, the finest room, barring Westminster Hall, in England, and filled with those portraits of Alumni, which, notwithstanding the frequency of pudding sleeves, form the fairest tapestry with which hall was ever hung. But it all falls short of Wolsey's conception. Had Wolsey's conception been fulfilled, Ipswich would have been a nursery of scholars for Cardinal College, as Winchester was for New College, and Eton for King's College, Cambridge. The Cardinal was an English Leo X. in morals, tastes, perhaps in beliefs; a true Prince, Pg 84 not of the Church but of the Renaissance. For him, perhaps, as for Foxe, it was a refreshment to turn from public life, full, as...
Very Good+ shows very light wear to its extremities; mild overall rubbing; faint line of dampstain at the bottom edge of the frontispiece page; former owner's short gift inscription at the front free endpaper. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Shows a superficial wear, but remains structurally sound and tightly bound: clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 32mo. vi, 170 pages. Interspersed with vintage photographs in black & white. Dark blue cloth over boards with gilt titles and designs at the front panel and gilt titles at the backstrip. Top Edge Gilt. Photo frontispiece with tissue guard intact and in place. Copyright is 1893. Probable later printing . Hardback: Lacks DJ.
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