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For an acclaimed full-length history of Trinity College, see Clare Hopkins, Trinity: 450 Years of an Oxford College Community (OUP, 2005).

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Written by the college archivist, this work makes extensive use of archival sources and the records of ordinary students to focus on the changing nature of the college community. Trinity contains 70 black and white illustrations, and includes an appendix of the more than 400 Trinity members whose lives are included in the Oxford Dictionary of Biography.


For a new history of the Chapel, see Martin Kemp, The Chapel of Trinity College, Oxford (Scala, 2014).

Martin Kemp is the Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College.

This beautifully-produced volume, with exquisite photographs of the carving and plaster work evokes and explains the excitement surrounding a remarkable college building. Central to the story is Ralph Bathurst, a medically trained theologian and member of the Royal Society, ordained a priest in 1644 and President of Trinity from 1664 until his death in 1704. Under Bathurst, the college responded to the decline in student numbers during the Civil War with a series of building projects, hoping to attract more business with luxurious accommodation in its extensive grounds. The new place of worship was both the climax of this period of expansion and a complex symbol of the intellectual concerns of its creator.

Trinity: 450 Years of an Oxford College Community (2005)
Every Oxford college should have a history like this... Strong on topography, confident and coherent in her grasp of a broad time-span, Clare Hopkins has produced a book that could hardly be carries the reader smoothly and readably down the centuries.

Professor Brian Harrison, review in the Times Literary Supplement

Martin Kemp, The Chapel of Trinity College, Oxford (Scala, 2014)
Kemp argues that Bathurst may be considered the author of the chapel's design 'not so much in the modern sense as a sole genius architect, but as the shaping intelligence at the head of a team of people who could contribute to different facets of the scheme'.

From a review in the Times Literary Supplement