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Founded in 1843 to provide education for the sons of clergymen Marlborough College began well; its 200 boys soon became 500. This proved to be a false dawn. Within seven years he boys staged a series of riots known collectively as Marlborough's Rebellion and numbers fell drastically. Happily the college recovered and flourished under the leadership of successive masters becoming recognised as one of the leading public schools.
It became, indeed, the epitpme of these uniquely English institutions which are to this day a central feature of British society. It has producd an impressive array of churchmen (at one Lambeth conference no less than fourteen bishops were old Marlburians one of whom was to become a saint), politicians, professionals and businessmen. Its military recors has been outsanding, thousands of old Marlburians having served with distinction and hundreds loosing their lives- most devastatingly in the first world war. Its contribution to literarure has been no less significant with such writers as Sassoon, Sorley, Betjeman ansd MacNeice.
In this first definitive account for seventy years, the author describes with wit and authority the evolution of this remarkable school. He begins by setting the foundation in the context of sweeping changes taking place in the character and aims of public school education- a development in which Marlborough was to play a significant part. The reader is then engaged in the life of the college, the account enlivened by quotations from diareis, letters and memoirs of masters, staff and boys (including the occasional heart-rending appeal to mother).
This story, sometimes dramatic, often amusing, often sruel, conditions of the early years to more civilised environment of the late-twentieth century, culminating in the advent of co-education at the college.
The text is enriched by copious photographs, engravings and documents, selected from the extensive college archives, and new photographs specially commissioned for the book.