Travel through Cambridge

David BerkleySKU: TTCamb1191 ISBN: 9781846251191



Cambridge has become a world famous university, with a reputation second to none for its scientific work, its discoveries and currently its hi-tec inventions. If you travel back beyond the mid 19th century, Cambridge was in no way reputed for its science, despite the fact that it spawned Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and others; they were purely famous in their own right. For centuries Theology, the Queen of the Sciences, held sway. It was the major subject studied and all Fellows were obliged to enter holy orders until very recent times. Little surprise, therefore, that Cambridge became the cradle of the English Reformation. With influences from the nearby continent (including Erasmus and Luther) this is where so many of our leading Reformers developed their ideas for which they were prepared to die as martyrs. The mutually inclusive, as against exclusive relationship between Religion and Science is a major story in Cambridge, and it is that story which this guide book aims to tell.

About the Author:

Having obtained his degree at Oxford, David Berkley taught modern languages and religious education. A lay minister, he retired to Cambridge in 1997 becoming an official guide for Christian Heritage, based at the Round Church, the University of the Third Age and also the Tourist Office. He is married to Tish and they have 3 children.


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So many wonderful buildings, such a treasure trove of history and so many famous characters make up Cambridge. And yet I have never been there. I was fascinated to read the story that David Berkley tells, with all the details of places to visit together with maps and lovely photographs. I enjoyed the explanations of such everyday phrases as Hobson’s choice and terms such as ‘Royal peculiar’. Every period of history has left its mark on the city and it has produced famous men who are still remembered for their great works particularly in the field of science and church reformation. Wilberforce was at college here, not that he did much work, and it was another Cambridge man Clarkson, who searched out the facts that enabled Wilberforce to seek the abolition of the slave trade. Page after page of interest packed into a book you can slip into a pocket. Congratulations on this series Day One. GoodBookStall Review - Mary Bartholomew - 10/02/10

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