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University Grace Books, 1454 - 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Grace Books
Scope and Contents The 'grace' was originally a personal exemption from statutory requirements granted by the Senate to those aspiring to a degree. It came to serve wider and more general purposes. From the fifteenth century degrees became increasingly 'gratuosi' rather than 'rigorosi' and the Grace Books therefore provide what is virtually a register of degrees. From the end of the same century, the Grace formula came to be used for other persons and matters. By the mid-sixteenth century, the Grace was an...
Dates: 1454 - 1943
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