Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Land of Arthur--Winchester College

The College is not a university-aged school, but a school for boys up through what we would call high school. Winchester College Library was the site of the spectacular discovery in 1934 of the scribally written manuscript--the only known copy--of Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur. It is not certain how the book came to be in the Winchester College library but one theory is that books from the Cathedral were taken to London for safe keeping during the reign of Henry VIII when he ransacked and closed the monasteries. Eventually, some of the books were returned to Winchester but went to the College rather than the Cathedral.