This is an account of the unique assemblage of silver and silver-mounted artefacts belonging to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, some of them dating back to the College's foundation 650 years ago. They include extraordinary objects such as a thirteenth-century drinking vessel made of the horn of an extinct animal, as well as the everyday tools and utensils of past centuries. Although some of them are well known to art historians, they have never been published in detail. The objects are especially significant for being documented in the College's archives from the fourteenth century onwards. The book investigates the objects' construction, how the College came by them, their original meaning and context, how they came to survive the depredations of the Civil War, what happened to those that do not survive, evidence of wear and repair, and what they were (and still are) used for.
Oliver Rackham OBE , FBA has been a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, since 1964, and is an historical ecologist and historian of landscape. John Cleaver is Assistant Director of Research at the Microelectronics Research Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where his research interests are in physics and the fabrication of novel microelectronic devices.