'Orationes&Carmina Acadamiae [sic] Cantabr: ad Elizab: Reginam 1564', around 315 sets of verses by 255 authors, all named and arranged by college. There are verses in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Syriac.
Cambridge University: Verses presented to Queen Elizabeth
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- ReferenceGB 12 MS.Add.8915
- Dates of Creation1564
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description1 volume
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Administrative / Biographical History
Queen Elizabeth visited Cambridge University in August 1564. Sir William Cecil, Secretary of State and Chancellor of the University, requested that a book be compiled of verses composed by members of the University in honour of the visit. Most of the colleges contributed verses, but King's College compiled its own volume. The book was presented to the Queen and returned by her to Cecil. A second volume, detailing college founders, benefactors and members, was prepared, but is now lost.
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Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.
Other Finding Aids
Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A full catalogue, listing authors, colleges, first and last lines, and metre, is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.