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Title: William Wykeham and the founding of Winchester College
Author: Shipp, Arnold
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 4390
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is part biography of Wykeham and part analysis of the founding and early years of Winchester College. There exists a quantity of biographical work on Wykeham, but no systematic and comprehensive analysis of the founding and early years of the college has been undertaken. The thesis aims to fill that gap. Its argument is that there are ways in which Wykeham's background and career influenced the kind of institution that Winchester became, and that, conversely, the college's early years offer insights into his personality and achievement. For example, aspects such as Wykeham's early career as a supervisor of royal works and the founding process of the college have been treated on a more systematic and comprehensive basis than ever before and related to his life and personality. There are difficulties in drawing conclusions on individual motivations personality traits from official documentary sources. Indirect ways have therefore been sought around this problem, such as using Wykeham's extensive networks of associates as a guide to the nature of the man himself. Moreover, wherever possible, aspects of Wykeham's achievement have been placed in the context of the detailed historical background; for example, the background of pluralism has been used to throw light on his acquisition of benefices. Furthermore the lengthy and complex founding process of Winchester has been set against the rich tradition of grammar schools, and both chantry and academic colleges.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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