short history of King’s College tells its story from the magnificent plans
formed by King Henry VI, which began to take shape in 1441, to the present day.
It is the
story of the first royal foundation in Oxford or Cambridge, a college which
kept its peculiar status by asserting its links with Eton College and its independence
of the University of Cambridge until the reforms of the late 19th
College is best known in the wider world through its broadcast Festival of Nine
Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and its iconic Chapel. The history of the
Chapel and its services plays a significant role in Our College Story.
But it is
also the college of John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster, Alan Turing and Zadie
Smith, all of whom were strongly attached to King’s and its history. And King’s
came in the 20th century to identify itself with free-thinking, an
innovative Research Centre, and an informal and close relationship between dons
Written in a
lively and often humorous style, the book has eight illustrated plates, showing
plans, personalities and the famous buildings.
There are seven
The King’s King’s
The Kings’ Chapel
The New King’s