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By Winstanley Denys Arthur

ISBN-10: 1108002293

ISBN-13: 9781108002295

This classic ebook via the prestigious historian D.A. Winstanley describes Cambridge collage within the eighteenth century, a interval supposedly characterized by means of lazy, drunken scholars, teachers preoccupied with their very own development, and institutionalised resistance to reform. Winstanley's goal used to be to find how one of these scenario took place, and was once in a position to proceed for thus lengthy. His e-book is a gold-mine of proof, anecdotes and modern descriptions of existence at Cambridge. the writer explains how Fellows and Professors have been elected, how scholars selected their faculties, and the way educating used to be organised. Fellows weren't accepted to marry, and commencement concerned assenting to Anglicanism. There are debts of bribery, blackmail and brawls. even if, amid the morass of 'torpidity', full of life and right-thinking participants emerged to problem the established order and advertise academic and institutional reforms.

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The University was rent into bitterly contending factions, and although the storm was at last allayed by an agreement to submit the question to external referees, this was but a makeshift arrangement to allow angry passions to cool, as the referees, perhaps wisely, never pronounced judgment. 7? Yet the storm provoked by Ansell left its mark, for what continued to be denied in theory was conceded in practice. 80 C O N S T I T U T I O N OF T H E UNIVERSITY 31 This caveat weighs light however against the precedents thus established; and undoubtedly the substance of victory was with those who claimed an unrestricted right of appeal.

30 Possibly he had received harsh treatment. He seems to have passed through his year of office without displaying any startling incompetence, and the fact that twenty-one years later he was re-elected suggests that he had not been a very conspicuous failure. Yet the opposition to his appointment, in so far as it was inspired by a genuine belief in his incapacity, cannot be censured, for the duties of a Vice-Chancellor were both exacting and important. 32 The management of the University finances must, for instance, have involved considerable labour, and syndicates, though far less numerous than they have since become, could be a serious charge upon a Vice-Chancellor's time and energy.

The Commissioners however recommended that the office should be discontinued, and this recommendation was carried into effect. The framers of the Elizabethan code clearly did not believe in the selection of administrative and executive officers by an uncontrolled popular vote ;56 and, not content with safeguarding the more important of them against such a danger, they provided that all officials and servants of the University, " concerning whom provision is not elsewhere made by us", should be nominated and elected in the mode prescribed for the Vice-Chancellor.

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