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Exeter and then of Oriel, who had joined in condemning the Wiclifite
doctrines, in 1381. Another, Robert de Tresilian- was one of King
Richard's strongest supporters and was executed when the king
lost power. His fate is the first legend in William Baldwin's Mirror
for Magistrates, 1559 {Athenae i. 341). Thomas Turke, who became
fellow this same year 1384, abjured for heresy later on. William
de Polmorva had been named fellow of Queen's by the founder of that
College ", and several fellows of Exeter became fellows of Queen's
afterwards, viz. Henry Whitefield the provost, Robert Blakedon,
William Middleworthy, John Trcvisa, William Franke, Robert Lyde-
ford; and these were expelled in 1379 by the Archbishop of York the
Visitor. Thomas Swyndon another fellow of Exeter was one of the
Commissioners appointed in 1380 to enquire into the troubles at

' Newcourt ii. 598 : the name Serche is very rare.

- Rymcr iv. 39 (1378), Rogers ii. 616, 34 D. K. Rcc. p. 20 (petition of
W. l>rydport), W'arton's Liteiattcre ed. Ilazlitt iv. 165.

^ Queen's College .Statutes, p. 7. For the expelled fellows see Rymer vii. p. 125.


Queen's, and Richard Browne was at Queen's 1386-9. Others
became fellows of INIerton, such as (not to mention William Read,
afterwards bishop of Chichester) Thomas de Brightwell who was
professor of divinity there and suffered much from Archbishop
Courtenay (Lewis' Wiclif 126); Richard Pester who was of three
societies successively, Exeter, University and Merton^; and Robert
Rygge who was repeatedly Chancellor of the University, but was
removed in May 1388 when Thomas de Brightwell succeeded, and
so again in 1391 when Ralph Redruth "^ succeeded, both of these being
also fellows of Exeter. The second and fourth Principals of Hart
Hall were fellows of IVferton and, as well as the third, became Wardens
of New College. Rygge however joined in condemning the Wyclifite
doctrines, and it is possible that he belonged to the party which was
rather concerned to uphold the independence of the University against
the Archbishop's claim to the right of Visitation ^ than to maintain
Wiclifism in its entirety ; Benedict Brente opposed the Visitation in
141 1 and was imprisoned in the Tower (Gutch i. 547-50, iii. App.
p. 39, Anstey 250-1). Bishop Brantingham in 1382 sent out the
following mandate * against Laurence Stevine or Bedeman, who had
been preaching in Cornwall ^.

* Gutch iii, Fasti p. 30; Hist. Comm. v. 477 ; Huber i. 157, 159. Men passed
somewhat freely from one college to another. Thus Exeter contributed three
fellows to Oriel, Henry Kaylle 1421, Walter Lihert 1425 and John Halse 1427,
who became Provosts of Oriel and the last two bishops.

* Wilkins' Concilia iii. 160, 168 Bedeman or StephjTi, 190 N. Braybroke, 159
Brightwell, 190 Cheyne, 227 Hendyman, 170 Lawndryne, 164 J. Lydeford, 159-60,
166, 168, 171 Rygge, 164 J. Shillingford, 172 R. Snetisham : Richard Snetisham
(not Suetisham, see John Snetisham in Brodrick 230), chancellor of Exeter 12 Ap.
1410, d. Dec. 1415. Computus winter 1416 ' 6|a' offered by the fellows on the
day of the obit of M. Richard Snetysham once chancellor of Exeter' : Tanner 680,
Eccl. Ani. ii. 143, Lewis' ^^^7^7//" 370, Wilkins' Concilia ii. 172. Grandisson's Reg.
writes the name with an «, and there is a place Snetisham. In a list of Inquisitors
of heresies temp. Henry IV he is spelt Snedisham. See F. D. Mathews' English
Works of JVyclif^Y>- i''; ^i^ WycUf lodged at Black Hall, xxviii Rigge, xxix Bede-
man (traffic in indulgences), xxxix pluralism, xlviii friars, xlix taxes and tallies.

^ Stubbs' Co7istitutional History iii. 63, 66 ; Gutch i. 422, 492, 503, 530, 582,
iii. Fasti '^^. 31-3. Thomas Hendeman, when Chancellor, protested against the
action of the Archbishop and a Provincial Synod Feb. 1397: Wilkins' Concilia
iii. 229, cited in Lyte c. xi, Nat. Biog. v. Richard Courtenay p. 341.

* The Latin was printed in ed. i. p. 270 : see Oliver's Bishops 89, Hist. Comm.
ii. 129.

^ John Ball in his confession named John Aston, Nicolas Hereford and Laurence
Bedeman as the leaders of Wiclif's party, Nat. Biog. ii. 210.



' Thomas &c. to his beloved sons the religious men the Priors of
Launceston and Bodmin and to friar Benedict Lugans, S. T. P.,
Provost of our church of the blessed Thomas the Martyr of Glasney
and to the official of our peculiar jurisdiction in Cornwall and to the
Perpetual Vicar of S. Probus greeting. Whereas the Reverend father
in Christ, William by the grace of God Archbishop of Canterbury
Primate of all England and Legate of the Apostolic See in England,
and certain of his suffragan bishops, of which number we were, in fit
and congruous place assembled, with unanimous consent had provi-
dently ordained . . . , that the several suffragans of the Province of
Canterbury in their dioceses should inquire and cause to be inquired
with due solicitude concerning heretic depravity ; and it has lately
come to our ears that a certain Laurence Bedeman, who goeth in
sheep's clothing, having entered our fold secretly with fraud and
stealthily under the feigned image of holiness, with foxlike craft
endeavours in his public and private discourses to turn aside our
sheep and to lead them into various heresies and serious errors,
therefore being desirous to chase away such fox from our fold lest
he worry our sheep, we commission and firmly enjoin you that you
under our authority carefully inquire where and what things the afore-
said Laurence, whether in churches or in other places in Cornwall,
and on what feast times or days the aforesaid Laurence may have
preached, propounded, said or proffered to our sons and subjects ;
and also generally of all and singular within the parts of Cornwall
anywhere dwelling, of whatever condition or state or honour they
may be, who think of the Catholic faith and of its articles otherwise
than they should ; and what by your inquiry you shall find you shall
certify to us by the feast of S, Michael the Archangel, wheresoever we
may be in our diocese, by your letters patent containing the series of
these things, and also what things and what sort of things the afore-
said false prophet Laurence or any other may have preached against
the Catholic faith and the articles thereof; and stating clearly the
names also and surnames of all and singular who may have fallen
into heresies of this kind, or errors, and their sayings or statements :
citing moreover the said Laurence to appear before us at our manor
of Clyst on Thursday next after the Feast of the Exaltation of holy
Cross, to make a personal statement on these matters and objections


to be made to him about them, for due correction of his soul, and to
swear for the future . . .' But Stevine afterwards conformed and
became Rector of Lifton.

There was a close connection between Exeter and IMerton durinp^
the Wiclifite period. Walter de Merton had established a college of
secular students, who were to be deprived if they took any monastic
vows. Hence they sympathised with Wiclif the great enemy of the
monks and friars. Lincoln, on the other hand, was founded 1427 in
order to supply a perpetual succession of enemies to Wiclifs doctrines,
for Richard Fleming bishop of Lincoln had once been a follower of
the reformer and now hated him and his memory and his associates^.

A friendly relation was kept up between Exeter College and
Canterbury hall even after Wiclifs time, for in Lent 1448 we have
' 7(/ for oblations on the day of the burial of the Warden of the
College of Canterbury.' This however may have been only an
ordinary act of friendship between Colleges, for in autumn 1471 there
occurs ' 2d offered at Merton at the mass for the Warden ^.' Among
the receipts for Lent 1556 occurs ' \od for the oblations of those of
Magdalen, \2d for the oblations of the fellows of Balliol College
commonly called Baylie College.' Exeter used to offer in return at
Balliol ^ : 1392 ' 7^? to the fellows offering at Balliol hall on S. Kathe-
rine's day,' 1393 '4^ to the fellows to offer at Merton at S. John
Baptist's feast, 6<f for the fellows offering at New College.'

Oxford took a deep interest in the healing of the Forty Years'
Schism. Henry Whitefield * had managed some college business at
Avignon in the winter of 1363, and Thomas White had been sent
to the Roman Court in 1376 'pro nostre domus perpetuacione ' (see
computus of winter 1377), just when that court was returning from
Avignon to Rome. In 139^ a meeting was held at Oxford about

' Winter 1408 'v'\s viii(/a M. Ricardo Flymyng in finalem solncionem pencionis
scolarum ubi scannum, pro anno ultimo elapso'; Lent 143 1 'ilia? oblatis pro
episcopo Line.'; Lent 1434 'va? oblatis in die obitus Rectoris CoUegii Lincoln.*

^ Sever : summer 1425 ' x^ a M. H. Sever pro scolis suis.'

^ Balliol Statutes p. 14 ; Balliofergus p. 19 ; Early Balliol by Mrs. de Paravicini
293 ; on S. Catherine's chapel in Balliol, see Peshall 224.

* For an interesting account of a journey to Avignon by John de Middellon
in 1 33 1, see Rogers i. 135, ii. 631. The journey from Calais to Avignon took
exactly a month. The currency was changed thrice on the road, and the payments
at the Curia Romana were made in gold.

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the General Council, Gutch i. 534, 544. In the winter of 1408 we
hear of ' i7<f to the ambassadors elected for Union in the Church of
God\' Robert Hallam, bishop of Salisbury, who died at the Council
of Constance, had been several times at the College, perhaps on this
errand. In 1399 an entry occurs ' 3^ 4d for bread cheese and wine
for M. Robert Halome,' and again in summer 1402 ' 5^- 8d about
M. Robert Halum.' The visits of Cardinals'^ to England are
mentioned several times: autumn 1357 'for Cardinals' procurations^
Ss ^d and for the seal of acquittance and labour in the reception 8 J ' ;
Lent 1358 ' '^6s io\d to M. William Stikelyng when he went to
Sarum to get a relaxation of the sentence issued on account of
non-payment of Cardinals' procurations, for the expenses of John Hall
when he was away from the city for two days to consult M. de
Stykeling on this business and for horse hire the same time 22</';
summer 1363 '25^ for Cardinals' procurations for three years for the
parish church of West Wittenham, 25J for contumacy in paying the
procurations too slowly, 1 2s for the-* expenses of the Rector and one
servant and one horse when the Rector was at Schereborn with the
bishop on this business, 25- for a horse hired on this business, 3</ for
mending the servant's shoes (socularum) ' ; Lent 1375 ' i8<f for
Cardinal's subsidy' ; summer 1375 ' 6d for Cardinal's subsidy' ; winter
1375 'i2</ to the Cardinal of England for the indulgence a pena et
a culpa' ; Lent 1370 ' iii" to the lord Pope for tenths'; winter 1377
' \s ^\d for an instrument to excuse us as regards the collector of
the lord Pope, and parchment, and the seal of the Dean of Christianity'
(at Exeter.?) ; summer 1378 ' \8d to the Pope for each mark, dd for
three acquittances' ; autumn 1398 ' 2\\d for the expenses of a Legate
of the lord Pope *.'

* Rogers iii. 675-6 the clergy paid ^d'va. the pound to their ambassador at the
Curia Romana, pro Unione &c. in 1407 ; Peterhouse paid ^d to cost of General
Council, and clergy 2dm the pound, a clerk in Convocation received \d in the

' Rogers i. 162 ; Stubbs' Constitutional History iii. 300, and the index p. 64S
list of taxes.

^ Procurations (or proxies), the Case of, by J. Colbatch, Cambridge 1741.
Synodals were a sort of acknowledgement of holding a benefice of the See ;
procurations for the expense of visitations, and originally meant provisions,
a meal's meat, a night's lodging, &c., being paid in kind, Nat. Biog. xii. 346.

* Taxes to the King occur about the same time: Lent 1374 ' i6j '^•d for the
tenths granted tlie King and for an acquittance 2d,' so again in summer 1374 and


Henry IV was displeased with the University in 141 1, and Prince
Henry defended its liberties. Benedict Brente, fellow of Exeter, was
one of the proctors who were compelled to resign on this occasion,
and committed to the Tower. As soon however as the University
could assert its liberty they were re-elected.

Several members of the College were connected with the House of
Lancaster. William Palmer was physician to Margaret of Anjou,
Walter Lihert her confessor, and promoted by Margaret Beaufort ;
John Arundel was physician to Henry VI, John Stanbury his con-
fessor. Thomas Wallebene and Robert Gilbert were with Henry V in
France. INIichael Tregury was chaplain to Henry V, and was made by

Lent 1375 ; summer 1380 ' 22s 2\diox the subsidy granted the King by the clergy,
and for the portion of the prior of Longa Villa 105'; summer 1381 '6s irfto the
abbot of Radyngs collector of the King's subsidy in the archdeaconries of Berks
and Wyltes, granted at Norhamton, for the acquittance 2d'; autumn 1383 ' 165 3a?
for the second half of a tenth granted the King, and for the portion of the Prior of
Longa Villa . . . ' ; winter 13S5 ' i6s 2d to the abbot of Malmysbure for the tenths
of the King from Wyttenham' ; Lent 1386 ' 165 3^ to the King for half a tenth from
our church of Wyttenham, and for the acquittance, 4^ 5^ for expenses to a proctor
in Parlyament' ; summer 1387 ' i6j i\d to the abbot of Radj-ngs for the tenths
granted the King in the last Parliament, 2d for an acquittance,' summer 13S8
' i6j j,d to Robert de Abyndon for (half) a tenth granted the King in the last
Parlyament,' summer 1389 ' 16s id for tenths granted the King in the last Parlya-
ment, 2d for an acquittance.' A tenth on Wittenham was 32^- id, winter 1416, and
we hear of a tenth and a half in Lent 1417 ; in Lent 1378 4/ [? 3/] 4^- lold is
charged for two tenths. The King's tenths are first mentioned Lent 1357 ' i^^ for
Cleter's breakfast when he came from Malmesbury with an acquittance for the
King's tenths.' In summer 1459 there is a mention of Queen's gold, ' i2t/ to
M. John Wynterborn public notary for his labour in framing two litems procura-
torias for the College ; for carrying the two letters committed to M. Gosse
to London twice for making an enquiry about a sum in the King's exchequer for
Queen's gold . . . ; 26^ Si^ to John Croke receiver for Margaret Queen of England on
account of a fine of twenty marks long ago made with the King for the purchase ot
lands &c. as is shewn in our letters patent ; to John Wylyam our manciple for his
expenses going to Coventrj' on college business and returning 20J.' At this time
the Court was at Coventry preparing for the civil war, and Margaret must have
been making every effort to procure money. Queen's gold * meant a mark
of gold paid to the Queen for every himdred marks of silver paid to the King
in the way of fine or other feudal incident, and, even if not recognisable in Domes-
day, is probably as old as the reign of Henry I. The proportion of gold to silver
was one to ten ■\ in the early times, and possibly this proportion was maintained
in calculating Queen's gold. A general payment is mentioned Lent 1405 ' 45 2ti
to the King for the rateable proportion of our rents as other Collegers paid.'

* Stubbs' Constitutional Flisioryx. 342, ii. 218, Coxe No. cvi.
t Rogers i. 172, 173, 177.


Henry VI Rector of the University of Caen 1431 (he had taught
there in 14 18) during the EngHsh rule in Normandy, when Paris
remonstrated with Oxford on the unkindness of setting up a rival
University against the mother University of Europe (Lyte c. 1 2).
It may have been this connection with the royal family that induced
Henry V's executors (one of whom was Edmund Lacy bishop of
Exeter) to give the College 50J 8</ in winter 1424, and Cardinal
Beaufort's executors a larger sum ^. The interest in the French war
is shown by such entries as winter 1428 ' 6d oblation for the Earl
of Salisbury,' killed at the siege of Orleans. The pressure of the
war is seen in such entries as winter 1433 ' i6j- 8</ for 19 bushels of
corn taken for the king ' ; sometimes it was necessary to conciliate
the king's officers, summer 1438 ' 2od gift to the officer who takes
corn for the king.' John Hancock was Warden of the College at
Ottery when Henry VI visited it in 1452. Sir John Fortescue of
Exeter College accompanied Queen INIargaret in her exile and wrote
his book De Laudihus Legum Angliae for prince Edward. In Lent 1447
' vixxd oblatis in die obitus domini Ducis Glowcestre.' When Peter
Courtenay, bishop of Exeter, returned from exile with Henry VII, the
College presented him (winter 1485) with 5 yards of Crymosen de
grano, which cost £3 6s Sd (Oliver's Bishops iii, W. Antiq. i. 144).
William Weye was connected with Henry VI's foundation at Eton,
and had special leave from the King to make pilgrimages to Compos-
tella and Jerusalem ; and his ' Itineraries ' contain curious matter ;
some of the notices are naive enough, such as that where we say

* Winter 1447 ' viii^ Pencaer pro literis et bull, conceptis et cHrectis certis
dominis pro bonis quibusdam habendis domini Cardinalis (Beaufort) nuper Winton.
Episcopi ' ; Lent 1448 ' xlj- de bonis Cardinalis per viam mutui ' ; ' Xi/ pro vino
dato Priori domus Cartusie uni executorum bonorum domini Cardinalis nuper
defuncti ' ; 'xv^'pro cirothecis datis M. Stephano Wilton [archdeacon of Winchester,
see Cassan's Bishops of IVinchestcr 258] uni executorum domini Cardinalis';
' xvi^f '\d ob pro expensis Rectoris in adquisicioiie quinquaginta marcarum de dono
executorum domini Cardinalis'; 'pro conductione equorum ab Oxon. Londoniam
iii^iiii^'; ' vs iiiia' pro conductione equorum a Lond. ad Oxon.' ; summer 1448
' xxj de bonis domini Cardinalis ' ; ' y\\\lib xiiij '\\\\d de bonis domini Cardinalis
defuncti'; Lent 1450 'xbde bonis domini Cardinalis per viam mutui'; summer
1450 ' xlj- comuni ciste ad satisfaciendum eidem de tanta summa extracta de bonis
domini Cardinalis ad usum domus' ; Lent 1451 ' y\lib \s de bonis domini Cardi-
nalis per viam mutui'; summer 1451 ' x\s de bonis domini Cardinalis per viam
mutui ' ; autumn 145 1 ' xii//7' xvs comuni ciste ad satisfaciendum cidcm dc tanta
summa extracta de bonis domini Cardinalis ad usum domus.'


Good Day the Greeks say Kally Merry; is it possible tiiat Wcye
did not know the classical Greek words ?

But now the study of the Classics had begun to replace that of the
Scholastic Logic, a change which formed the basis of the modern
system of education, and which gave tone and form to European
literature \ The Grammar Schools, i. e. Schools of Latin, had much
influence in developing a classical English prose. The degrees had
long been a fiction — no one had been rejected at Paris from 1395 to
1500. Gascoigne p. 3 complains of degrees being given at Oxford to
ignorant and vicious persons through the frequent dispensations from
statutes granted for money by the Regent Masters and Proctors.
Both Universities had declined under Edward IV. Sir Thomas
Elyot was not at either {Li/e ed. Croft p. xxxvii). In 1535 the
students were ordered to attend the new classical lectures at Merton '\
Only Latin had been required from the clergy, or in fact from any
one. Amoretto, in the Return from Parnassus pp. 25, 43, has been
at Cambridge, but knows no Greek.

Englishmen had been attracted to Italy by the spell of that new
knowledge, which was also the old. There alone were Greek manu-
scripts and Greek teachers to be found. There each fresh manuscript
was a sacred possession, for what treasures of wisdom might it not

' Revue des Deux Mondes Dec. 18S2 ; Palgrave in Nineteenth Century Nov.
1890; Earle's English Prose c. 12; two books of Euclid were read at Oxford
in the 15th century, Churton's Life of Smyth 151 ; Hallam Lit. of Europe ed. 3,
i. 114.

"^ After 1491, Wood's Athenae i. 30, 260, Tanner 345, Collectanea (O.H.S.) ii.
340, Gutch i. 639, ii. 75, iii. 430, Oxo7tiana iv. 13, Gairdner's Richard LLI p. 143,
Gutch's Collectanea i. 187, Brodrick 44. Winter 1537 ' 2s ^d pro stipendio D.
Smyth ' ; autumn 1538 ' 2j ^d pro lectura doctoris Smyth ' ; summer 1543 ' \\s niid
doctori Cots pro lectione sua debitis in festo Pasche ultimo'; autumn 1543 ' iij
inid doctori Erode pro lectione sua ' ; winter 1548 ' iis mid M. Warde pro lectura
philosophica ' ; winter 1551 '-vind Marbecke pro pulsanda campana ad lecturam
theologicam ' ; Ridley was paid 65 8^ for Greek lectures at Cambridge 1536 from
Annunciacion to S. John the Baptist, and again 14J ; Rogers iii. 6S2-3. Lent 1491
*vi^ pro meremio ad defendendum aquam a muro inter M. Brew et Grosyn';
winter 1491 ' xiij a M. Groysine pro 3^'"' terminis camere sue'; summer 1492
' xvij a M. Grosyne pro annali reditu camere sue nobis debitis in festo Michaelis
proximo futuro ' ; winter 1492 ' iiiij a M. Grosune pro camera sua pro isto
termino' ; autumn 1493 * viiij a M. Grosun pro duobus terminis cubiculi sui nobis
debitis in festo Johannis ultimo'; summer 1519 ' x\\i\d pro vino dato Doctori
Colett 2'»>a vicibus (Colet d. 16 Sep. 1519, Athenae i. 26). W. B. Gilbert's
All Saints, Maidstone 51—5. Hallam Lit. of Europe ed. 3, i. 231.


contain. There the chains fell off their limbs, and they felt themselves
freed once and for ever from that barbarous scholastic system, which
claimed authority over all knowledge :

' Once remotest nations came
To adore that sacred flame,
When it lit not many a hearth
On this cold and gloomy earth.'

These men returned to make their discoveries known to their country-
men, to their fellow-students in the Universities.

Exeter College is favourably known in connection w'ith these men.
William Grocyn taught Greek in the College Hall, and Richard Croke
sojourned in the College for some time. We find the College twice
entertaining Grocyn's friend Dean Colet. The Cornelius mentioned
several times in the Computi was probably Cornelius Vitelli ^ a learned
Italian who taught Greek in the University, Lent 1491 ' dd for a new
lock for the door of the fuel-house of Cornelius, and ■^d for a key to
his study, ^d for mending the books Pantelon ' [p. xxxvii] ; summer
1 49 1 '3J 6^to a mason for work on the chambers of M. Brew and
Cornelius'; autumn 1491 ' 2j to one working at the chimney of
Cornelius for three days, and one day at our inn'; Lent 1492 '20s
received from Cornelius for his chamber for a year and a term ' ;
summer 1492 ' 4^ from Cornelius for his chamber last term and 6d
for his log-house for last term . . . 16s from M. Grosyne for a year's
rent of his chamber due next Michaelmas.' John Skewys ", Wolsey's
trusted agent, was probably a member of the College, and Richard
Duck one of the fellows w^as Wolsey's chaplain in 1517 and proctor
for Salisbury in the memorable Convocation of 1529. Philip Bale,

' Gutch i. 208, 645, Tanner 378, MuUinger 370.

^ Autumn 1525 ' x\id pro indenturis factis inter nos at Universitatem pro quadam
portiuncula terre iuxta Aulam Cervinam ' ; winter 1525 ' viii(/ pro vino dato
M. Skewys, vi^ Collegio Cardinalicio pro annali redditu ' (but Lent 1538 '6s
Porrett pro superiori redditu debito Collegio Regio Henrici 8''); summer 1526
' xiiiii^pro cerotecis datis M. Scuys et uxori eius '; Lent 15 28 'xviii^pro cirothecis
pellitis datis M. doctori Smyth et M. Skewys, xnid pro vino et ceteris rebus datis
M. Lubkyns, M. Wylson, et M. Wylliams Collegii Cardinalis supervisoiibus ' ;
winter 1.S31 ' X(/ pro pare cerotccarum pro M. Skewse ' [p. xxiv] ; II. K. 10 Eliz.
rotulo cvi (Statutes 3, App. p. 99) ' Rectore et scholaril.nis tenenlihus unius gardini
in Cat .Street, nuper in tenura Roberti Wryghte, niiper collegio vocato King
Henry Theights Colledgc dudum spectantis, dc ridclitate proiiulc Rcginac nunc
facienda exoncrandis.'


another fellow, bequeathed to the college ' the works of S. Augustyn,
S. Ambrose, Origyn, S. Jerom, and certain books of Bede, and works
of S. Gregorye, with other such books as my overseer shall think
meyt.' This shows the revival of study. John Dotyn was a ' medicus
ac astrologus insignis.' Thomas Harding of New College, afterwards
famous as Bishop Jewel's opponent, had a pupil in the College.

The Customs of the College as written down 20 Dec. 1539 illustrate
the state of things ; they are as follows ^ : —

Old customs, handed down by men now eighty years old, from
still older times. Some of the older ones have a hand drawn against

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