Item 1 - Royal Charter Permitting College Foundation

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Royal Charter Permitting College Foundation


  • 12 June 1496 (Creation)

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1 item, parchment

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Licence granted by Henry VII to John [Alcock], Bishop of Ely, to expel the prioress and nuns from the convent of St Radegund . . . and to found a college for a Master, six Fellows and a certain number of scholars . . . To be called the College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist and the Glorius Virgin St Radegund, and to hold in free alms all the lands and possessions of the former priory; with incomplete Great Seal

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26" x 14", with incomplete Great Seal in green wax manuscript parchment

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There is a College official copy; also a copy in Patent Roll 12 Henry VII (Cal. Pat. Rolls 1494-1509, 72), printed in

Digital copy by Mark Sneddon made 25th January 2007

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A transcript and translation are available; the wooden box in which the charter was previously housed survives

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Printed in full from Patent Roll copy in Documents relating to the University and Colleges of Cambridge (1852), vol. 3, p. 91; first part printed in A. Gray, Statutes of Jesus College, Cambridge, A.D. 1514-15 (1937)

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