The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge

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The custom of formal dining at Oxford and Cambridge dates back to the earliest days of college life. Before each dinner, according to ancient statutes, grace must be said in Latin, and, although the text and nature of grace for each college has changed over the years, the tradition itself remains current to this day.
Following a historical introduction, The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge reproduces in chronological order the full Latin texts of all the graces alongside facing English-language translations. Also included are the special graces reserved for feast days, as well as an explanation of some of the traditions that accompany them, including the trumpeters that summon students to dinner to the use of the Sconce Cup and the Rose Bowl.
From the twelfth-century monastic texts and the two-word graces of the nineteenth century to the new graces written for the modern age, this meticulous collection reveals how the tradition of the Latin grace has survived and evolved over the centuries and offers a rare glimpse inside the private halls of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Reginald H. Adams was a member of St. John’s College, University of Oxford.

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“Almost every college of Oxford and Cambridge has at least one Latin grace—some have two, others have as many as four—and all of them have been collected with translations by Adams in this slender volume published by Oxford’s Bodleian Library.” (Sewanee Review 2015-08-13)

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