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The most recent Society volume was published in 2019, and distributed to all Society subscribers for the years 2015/2016. 

New Series v.48. The Building Accounts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1517-1518. Edited by Barry Collett, Angela J Smith, Julian Reid.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, bishop of Winchester. He intended it to educate students in classical Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and their literature; Erasmus praised it as a scholarly achievement, and a beacon of Renaissance classical learning.
The heart of this book is an edition of the original fortnightly building site accounts of 1517-1518, giving us a window onto a late-medieval building site, with its details of early sixteenth-century building materials, craft techniques, project management skills and working conditions, including siesta periods and sub-contracting. The introduction describes Fox's long road to 1517: his motives far more complicated than a bishop looking for worldly fame and heavenly reward. Born into a Lincolnshire yeoman, Fox studied law at Oxford, rebelled against Richard III and became Henry VII's closest political adviser. Taken together, they provide a detailed account of the foundation of the College, both literal and metaphorical.

The Oxford Historical Society is grateful to the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College for a subvention towards the cost of publication of this volume.

OHS publications have been delayed by the pandemic. It is hoped that it might be possible to publish v.49 later in 2021.