King's College

college of the University of Cambridge

King's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Formally The King's College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, the college lies beside the River Cam and faces out onto King's Parade in the centre of the city. King's was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, soon after he had founded its sister college in Eton. However, the King's plans for the college were disrupted by the Wars of the Roses and resultant scarcity of funds, and his eventual deposition. Little progress was made on the project until in 1508 Henry VII began to take an interest in the college, most likely as a political move to legitimise his new position. The building of the college's chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII. King's College Chapel, Cambridge is regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It has the world's largest fan vault, and the chapel's stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen are considered some of the finest from their era. The building is seen as emblematic of Cambridge. The chapel's choir, composed of male students at King's and choristers from the nearby King's College School, is one of the most accomplished and renowned in the world. Every year on Christmas Eve the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (a service devised specifically for King's by college dean Eric Milner-White) is broadcast from the chapel to millions of listeners worldwide.
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J. G. Ballard

British writer (1930-2009)

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High-Rise

1975 novel by J. G. Ballard

author: J. G. Ballard

1975

Crash

1973 novel by J. G. Ballard

author: J. G. Ballard

1973

The Atrocity Exhibition

1970 collection of stories by J. G. Ballard

author: J. G. Ballard

1970

Empire of the Sun

novel by J. G. Ballard

author: J. G. Ballard

1984

The Drowned World

1962 novel by J. G. Ballard

author: J. G. Ballard

1962

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Patrick White

English-born Australian writer

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Richard Lynn

British psychologist

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E. M. Forster

English novelist

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M. R. James

British writer

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