The Billingford Hutch and the moonwort fern – a medieval mystery solved

A heavy oak chest in the Parker Library (Corpus Christi College) was used to store objects left as collateral for loans of money. Its ironwork features the outline of a plant – but no-one knew why. Now a visitor to the Library may have unravelled the meaning of this decorative motif. A visitor to the Parker Library at... Continue Reading →

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On a Case by Case Basis: The History Case

Every great hero of English history needs a zealous and over-enthusiastic biographer, and Matthew Parker is no exception. His champion was the English clergyman and historian John Strype (1643-1737), whose biography, The Life and Acts of Matthew Parker, published in 1711, represents the first proper, full length biographical study of Parker. [1] The work is... Continue Reading →

Candlemas, the guild and the college

Today is Candlemas which serves as the secondary feast-day of Corpus Christi College. The primary feast-day is of course Corpus Christi, generally in June. The Candlemas connection comes about because the college was founded in 1352 by a united guild of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary... Continue Reading →

Corpus Drinking Horn

As well as being responsible for supplying images of books and manuscripts for research and publication, we also take care of image requests for some of the college's other special collections, including the college portraits and the college silver collection. We recently fulfilled a request for an image of the oldest and most famous item... Continue Reading →

Roland Penrose Mural

A guest post by Dr Lucy Hughes, the College's Modern Archivist: At a time when Tate Britain is running an exhibition on Picasso and Modern British Art (until July 15), it is interesting to be reminded that a piece of work by one of Britain’s foremost surrealists, Sir Roland Penrose, survives as a mural in... Continue Reading →

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