Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trinity College

Trinity College was founded during the Reformation (to move forward) to educate people in the newly formed religion.  Former students include; Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Jonathan Swift.

There are two statues of men in Parliament Square at of Trinity College. One is the former provost George Salmon, the other is is William Edward Hartpole Lecky, and Irish historian.

William E.H. Lecky
George Salmon
 George Salmon was a professor at Trinity College from 1896 to 1904.  Salmon had said that women would come to Trinity College over his dead body. He vetoed allowing women to enter the college until 1901 when the board voted to allow women to attend. In 1904 women were first admitted to Trinity College. He died  just before women undergraduates were admitted.
The Campanile or bell tower at Trinity Colege stands over 100 feet tall and was built in 1853.

The books were hand drawn and written in Latin by Monks. The pictures were embellished with gold overlays and the dyes were made with natural pigments.  The colors are still rich in the book on the page that was open to view. We were able to see three books from different areas, each open to allow us to view one set of pages, under glass, with diffused lighting.

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