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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

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This chapter focuses on John Davenport when he left Coventry to study at Oxford University in 1613. Davenport chose Magdalen Hall as the place to resume his studies because of its puritan orientation. A number of his contemporaries left records that enable us to re-create what his typical day might have been like. Davenport would have arisen at five or six in the morning to prepare for the day and to pray his private prayers. The tensions of academic life were alleviated by opportunities for recreation. Plays, often written by college members, were performed in the halls, and musical performances were common. Many colleges had areas set aside for bowling and tennis.

Keywords:   John Davenport, Oxford University, Magdalen Hall, plays, musical performances, colleges

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