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Characters Frances Browne
The second story, Found in the Far North, is narrated in the first person by a young Cambridge student from Norwich whose failure to heed his father's advice about choosing his company with care...
Characters A. S. Byatt
ASB says that this book and its three successors are about the desirability of an androgynous mind.
Friel, James, and Jenny Newman. “A. S. Byatt”. Contemporary British and Irish Fiction: An Introduction through Interviews, edited by Sharon Monteith et al., Hodder Headline, pp. 36-53.
After opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the story is set in Yorkshire (though...
Characters Jane Gardam
The stories are set in and around a hotel, formerly an eighteenth-century colonial mansion, in Jamaica at the close of the expensive, fashionable season, and most of them feature English people startled, shocked, or reinvigorated...
Characters Judith Cowper Madan
Though often submissive in attitudes, JCM was capable of satire or lampoon. The Receipt, an Imitation, dating from about 1720, lists the unsavoury ingredients that go to compose a blockhead Cambridge clergyman (as Pope
Cultural formation Mary Agnes Hamilton
While at Cambridge Mary Agnes Adamson (later MAH ) fell in love several times. The experience, to her and her contemporaries, was expressed in highly spiritual and intellectual terms: I remained blankly ignorant about sex...
Education Susan Miles
She also attended more than one school in London. Novelist John Cowper Powys (whose lectures she had attended) wrote her a recommendation for a Cambridge scholarship, but she was not successful in gaining one.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Education Rosamond Lehmann
RL achieved a Class II in the English Tripos (the first of two exams deciding class of degree awarded) at Cambridge . This was the first year that women were awarded degrees, at least in name.
Siegel, Ruth. Rosamond Lehmann: A Thirties Writer. Peter Lang.
“Fact sheet: Women at Cambridge: A Chronology”. University of Cambridge.
Education Lady Rachel Russell
Mary Berry , who wrote that LRR spent her youth in those occupations which it has been agreed to call the education of females,
Berry, Mary, and Lady Rachel Russell. Some Account of the Life of Rachael Wriothesley Lady Russell. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown.
was misplacing her feminist indignation. It has been said that...
Education Elizabeth von Arnim
May was a strong student. In the Senior Certificate public examination in July 1883 she emerged top in history among pupils at all Ealing schools, and she particularly impressed her examiners with an essay about...
Education Selima Hill
SH received her BA in English from Cambridge University , after a course interrupted by illness, which therefore took longer than the norm.
Taylor, Debbie. “Interview with Selima Hill”. Mslexia, Vol.
, pp. 39-40.
British Council Film and Literature Department, in association with Book Trust. Contemporary Writers in the UK.
Education John Donne
He was admitted while very young to Oxford University (where he did not, however, take his degree) and later to Lincoln's Inn . He was a law student when he wrote most of his love-poetry...
Education Mary Webb
Mary Meredith (later MW ) attended Cambridge University extension lectures on literature and history, until ill health intervened.
Coles, Gladys Mary. The Flower of Light: A Biography of Mary Webb. Duckworth.
Education Jane Ellen Harrison
Encouraged by Mary Paley , one of Newnham College 's first students, JEH took and passed the Cambridge University Examination for Women. She finished as top candidate and received a scholarship from Newnham.
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
Education May Sinclair
MS visited Professor Henry Melvill Gwatkin at Cambridge , and was treated to a series of conversations on history, philosophy, and metaphysics which amounted to informal tutorials.
Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press.
Education Margaret Drabble
MD received a BA in English with double first-class honours from Cambridge University (Newnham College ).
Sadler, Lynn Veach. Margaret Drabble. Twayne.
Todd, Janet, editor. Dictionary of British Women Writers. Routledge.


1231: Cambridge University was granted its first...

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Cambridge University was granted its first charter, by Henry III .

1502: Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and...

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Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby (also known as Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of the future Henry VII ), endowed the Regius Professorship of Divinity at Cambridge University.

1534: Henry VIII granted a charter to Cambridge...

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Henry VIII granted a charter to Cambridge University giving the right to set up a printing press: Cambridge University Press , the world's earliest surviving publishing house, printed its first book exactly fifty years later.

1575: The University of Leiden was founded as a...

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The University of Leiden was founded as a centre of Protestant learning (as were a number of new Oxford and Cambridge colleges at about this time, with the same religio-political agenda).

28 October 1636: Harvard College was founded in Cambridge,...

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28 October 1636

Harvard College was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Late 1638: Milton's pastoral elegy Lycidas appeared...

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Late 1638

Milton 's pastoralelegyLycidas appeared in a volume of Cambridge poems published in memory of Edward King , who had died by drowning.

18 June 1723-1724: A periodical entitled The Visiter was published...

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18 June 1723-1724

A periodical entitled The Visiter was published in London; it promised its readers to be a friend to them.

1805: The East India Company established a training...

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The East India Company established a training college for civil servants.

1 October 1828: The Cambridge campaign to increase the study...

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1 October 1828

The Cambridge campaign to increase the study of science in universities resulted in the founding of University College, London , which emphasized science; this was the date of the inaugural lecture.

1832: The University of Durham was founded....

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The University of Durham was founded.

1854: The Oxford University Reform Act first allowed...

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The Oxford University Reform Act first allowed Jews to matriculate and take degrees.

By 4 March 1854: Northcote and Trevelyan published their Report...

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By 4 March 1854

Northcote and Trevelyan published their Report on the Organization of the Permanent Civil Service.

1865: Cambridge University formally admitted female...

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Cambridge University formally admitted female students to Local Examinations, which were the culminating assessment of secondary schooling.

October 1865: Elizabeth Garrett obtained an apothecary's...

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October 1865

Elizabeth Garrett obtained an apothecary's licence through the Society of Apothecaries : this began her medical career, after her rejection by the Universities of London , Edinburgh , St Andrews , Oxford , and Cambridge .

1871: Newnham College for women was founded in...

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Newnham College for women was founded in Cambridge.


Ceraldi, Gabrielle. “Popish Legends and Bible Truths: English Protestant Identity in Catherine Sinclair’s Beatrice”. Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol.
, No. 1, Cambridge University, pp. 359-72.
Italia, Iona. Philosophers, Knights-Errant, Coquettes and Old Maids. Cambridge University, 1997.