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The Tripos is the formal examinations of the University of Cambridge. It is commonly divided into two parts, which are taken successively. Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947) was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University, 1912-1945. 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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Tripos verses

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3873
Scope and Contents 44 sets of Latin verses, circulated when an act for degree was kept, written in various hands. Nos 1-14 are dated 1575-1584. The following are endorsed: 'Carmina bach. tripodis 17o f[eb.] primo die quadragesime 1579 secundum compotum ecclesie Anglie' [3]; 'Carmina patris viz magistri Hutchynson in ultimo actu scilicet 17 Martii 1579 secundum compu[tum...]' [4]; 'Carmina patris die comitiorum quadragesime 1581' [7]; 'primo die Quadragesime 1582 secundum computum ecclesie etc. D. Palmer Tri.'...
Dates: 1575-1590 (Circa)
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