Education and Isle of Ely have been synonymous since the dawn of British Christianity. From the religious house founded there by St. Etheldreda in 673 to the later monastery school that survived Henry VIII's dissolution of religious institutions, the medieval educational legacy has endured for centuries. Earlier called the Ely Cathedral Grammar School, The King's School, Ely - with its magnificent buildings - has been the educational home to generations of pupils.
In the Shadow of the Cathedral traces the school's highs and lows as its headmasters effected educational renewal or succumbed to corruption; resisted Cromwellian Puritanism or allowed the school to dwindle into mediocrity. Historian Lynne Turner reveals the school's history through its late 19th century renaissance to is admission of girls in the 1970s.
Using as yet uncatalogued archival material, Lynne Turner traces the school's rich history, offering readers a complex yet intimate view of The King's School, Ely. Superbly illustrated throughout with original photographs and enlivened with anecdotes from Old Eleans, this hardback book offers insight into one of Britain's oldest educational institutions.
Author: Lynne Turner
Date published: November 2003
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