London: Catholic Truth Society, [n.d.]. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Mild foxing and offsetting to endpapers, intermittent underlining in pencil price-clipped dust jacket but still a handsome copy. Item #428
"THE 'MOTHER-BOOKS OF ENGLAND,' THE FIRST BEGINNINGS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, LEARNING AND EDUCATION" Catholic Oxford and Cambridge actually consists of three essays: The Story of the Universities (Susan Cunnington), Catholic Oxford (A.S. Barnes) and Catholic Cambridge (G.J. MacGillivray) tracing the history of education with a focus on the formative efforts of the Church in the development of the universities: "they were designed by the Church for churchmen." The Catholic lineage in English education is largely a story about Augustine of Canterbury and the Benedictines: "To St. Augustine for his library at Christ Church the Supreme Pontiff had sent eleven precious volumes as a nucleus. They have been called "the mother-books of England"; the First Beginnings of English literature, learning and education. They consisted of the Four Gospels, the Psalms, a Book of Homilies, Expositions of the Sunday Epistles and Gospels, and an Antiphon." Published by the Catholic Truth Society and undated but likely printed in the late 1920s or early 30s. Shows nicely in the bright and clean dust wrapper.