Emmanuel College was founded by the royal minister Sir Walter Mildmay in 1584; he chose a leading moderate puritan, Laurence Chaderton, as first Master, and aimed to educate godly ministers and good preachers. This history presents its development from these beginnings to the present day. They show how the college's original puritan character gave way to the liberal views of the Cambridge Platonists and the high churchmanship of William Sancroft, instrumental in bringing Christopher Wren to design the new college chapel; and how during the nineteenth century, as with other Cambridge colleges, it expanded in numbers and disciplines, becoming once again a notable centre of theology, and for the first time the home of serious teaching in the natural sciences. It has had a role in all the movements of the twentieth century which have made Cambridge what it is today: in learning, teaching, sport, and social life. A special feature of the book is the substantial account of the history of the college estates and finances, on a scale never before attempted for an Oxbridge college.
Dr SARAH BENDALLis Fellow Librarian and Archivist of Merton College, Oxford; CHRISTOPHER BROOKE is Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge; PATRICK COLLINSONis Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Cambridge.
Prologue - the friars and preachers of St Dominic; foundation and beginnings; Emmanuel and Cambridge - the early 17th-century heyday; the endowment; estate management and finances 1584-1719; puritan Emmanuel; Emmanuel, New England and Harvard; the English revolution and the strange death of the old college; the society in the 18th century; the buildings - 1719-1871; estates and finances 1719-1871; Richard Farmer; 1797-1871; 1871-1914; the masters 1911-1964; estate management and finance in the modern world; the buildings 1871-1996; the scientists of Emmanuel; undergraduates and dons, 1910-1960; from the 1960s to the 1990s. Appendices: the masters; the bursars; the tutors of Emmanuel, 1731-1777; notes on the changing patterns of schools and fathers' professions in the late 19th and 20th centuries; outline history of the college estates to 1871.