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Copies of Liber privilegiorum et libertatum alme universitatis Cantebrigiensis, 1587 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Hare

Scope and Contents

The Liber comprises copies by a professional scribe of transcripts by Hare of royal charters, letters patent and other documents granting and confirming the University's privileges, partly from the University's records, but chiefly from those of central government in the Tower. The documents are arranged by reign, King Arthur to Queen Elizabeth. Notes by Registrary Romilly, Vice-Chancellors Ashton and Parris and pasted-in lists of various kinds attempt to deal with the fact that both the contents and the deployment of the contents varies from set to set. Comparison suggests that A, the fine presentation copy, is derived from B, while C contains the fruit of further labour, but C is a fairer copy than B. It is suggested that there might have been a set D which was Hare's working copy from which A, B and C were taken with due exercise of selection, carelessness or conceivably censorship.


  • Creation: 1587 - 1875


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Hare (ca 1530-1611), antiquary, matriculated Fellow-Commoner from Gonville Hall in 1545, but left Cambridge without taking a degree and entered the Inner Temple. From 1560-71, he was Clerk of the Pells: an office of government with shared oversight of the Exchequer of Receipt. The remainder of his life was spent in antiquarian pursuits.


9 volume(s) : vellum and paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volumes were presented to the University by Hare in 1590.


For background information, see Elisabeth Leedham-Green, ‘Hare, Robert (c.1530-1611)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan. 2008); A. G. Watson, 'Robert Hare’s books', in The English medieval book: studies in memory of Jeremy Griffiths, ed. A. S. G. Edwards, Vincent Gillespie and Ralph Hanna (2000), pp.209-32.


Hare, Robert

Finding aid date

1998-03-20 14:43:48+00:00

Repository Details

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