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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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Tudor Family Drama, Castles, and Pembroke

The Tudors aren't what you might immediately think of when you think of Pembroke, but through Framlingham and Fotheringhay, the College is connected to some significant moments in what was a very dramatic Royal line. Fotheringhay Fotheringhay was given to Catherine of Aragon by Henry VIII. At the time it was in need of restoration, having decayed since Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth. Catherine restored it at considerable expense, and after her time as Queen ended, Henry granted the castle to his subsequent wives.  Its primary use was as a prison…

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Musical Mayhem to Organised Order

For the staff at Pembroke, there are many tasks behind the scenes that you might not notice. For Director of Music, Anna Lapwood, one of those tasks is the organisation…

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