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By Heather E. Peek, Catherine P. Hall

Released in 1962, this account of the college documents at Cambridge could be of specific significance to these drawn to the background of the collage. the 1st half describes the expansion of the documents from their beginnings within the 13th century and the alterations of fortune they've got passed through in the course of that point. half offers a survey of the information, putting the most teams within the context of the college. The authors convey how the extra vital sessions of records built and the areas they occupied within the workings of the management. There are 3 appendices: a short precis of the periods pointed out and the dates they hide; a listing of muniments of identify to landed estate; and a bibliography directory released works that have contained or included files from the Archive. There are 16 illustrations from the documents themselves.

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1 During the reign of Charles I, the mandate degree was very occasionally conferred upon persons who were not required to make the Subscription (the degree given to Peter Paul Rubens being a case in point), but this practice did not survive the stricter regulations against nonconformity (and particularly Roman Catholicism) enforced after the Revolution. 2 By an interpretation of the Elizabethan statutes, extended by a royal letter of Charles II, the university was able to confer degrees upon various categories of 'honourable persons' and their sons.

Jo the Year 1910, ed. J. R. Tanner (Cambridge, 1917), pp. 1 No detailed records, either of these elections or of the 'caput* itself, have been preserved. As a result of its deliberations, letters and orders were issued from time to time by the vice-chancellor, and these are normally recorded in the Grace Books. Other orders were issued under the combined authority of the vicechancellor and heads. Such as survived in loose sheets, from 1574, were bound into a guard-book in 1870. In some cases the original order is preserved, with draft amendments and signatures.

In any case, it would be more convenient to have them in the register office where they could be consulted. It is doubtful whether the ancient archives as listed by Wren were in fact used at all in subsequent years. Two possible occasions may be adduced, before the troubles of the Civil War cause us to lose sight of the archives altogether. First, at the time of Laud's proposed visitation in 1635, precedents were eagerly sought to prove the university's exemption, and the variety of arguments produced by registrary Tabor and others may have owed something to consultation of the archives.

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