In 2009 I was getting ready to give a guest lecture at Yale University. I found out that 18 Nobel Prize Winners were associated with the institution. Then I googled Princeton and Harvard to find that 36 and 45, respectively, had been associated with those two great universities. Finally, I googled Cambridge. The answer was 78. Historically, the most significant academic institution in the sciences is without a doubt Cambridge, and at Cambridge it is Trinity College. This is where Newton, Maxwell, Darwin, and scores of other iconic names in the sciences studied and taught. The portraits hanging on the two facing walls depict some of these great sons of Cambridge.
But how ironic it is! By the time of his death in January 1547, the rapacious psychopath Henry VIII had ruled England for thirty-eight turbulent years. His tactics had involved unrestrained terror, beheadings, and a war against the Catholic Church. In his dissolution of the abbeys, he had destroyed countless religious buildings, mandated the destruction of thousands of books, and at least as many priceless art objects. His modus operandi can be summarized as a variation on one of Kepler’s laws of the planets, “the world revolves around Henry!” While his contemporary monarchs in Europe recycled mistresses, he chose to recycle queens. Of course, he had his own share of mistresses and illegitimate children, but with the queens, he first gave them legitimacy. He honored six ladies, crowning them successively, before discarding five of them with convenient excuses. The last of the six outlived him. The ultimate fates of his six queens — Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr — can be remembered with the simple rhyming mnemonic,
“Divorced, beheaded, died;
Divorced, beheaded, survived!”
By the time Henry died, he owned 50 palaces and immense tracts of land, all testimony to his greed. But the vile aspects of his legacy are partially offset by his association with the founding of two of the most successful colleges of the Oxbridge family — Christ Church at Oxford and Trinity College at Cambridge. The photo shows the Dining Room at Trinity College, and presiding over the scholars of the college is the portrait of Henry VIII hanging on on the distant wall.
Cardinal Woolsey had founded “Cardinal College” at Oxford, and he had built Hampton Court for his own use. Henry VIII confiscated both, renaming the college “Henry VIII College.” After the King’s death the college was renamed, “Christ Church.” It was Henry who launched the change from Catholicism to Protestantism for his country. And although the nation’s official religion would oscillate back and forth for a century under him it would be his Tudor descendants who would finally establish the Anglican Church firmly as the religion of the land. Elizabeth I, his daughter with his second wife, the hapless Anne Boleyn, would become the most significant monarch in the history of the kingdom.
Warm regards to my friends on Trekearth.
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Noel_Byrne (33584) 2017-02-09 12:08
A photo of a warm welcoming place, but what I would associate with this particular king. Your note is excellent, thank you. This is such an opulent space with the colours of the stained glass adding a lot to the mood of the room.
The impact of the dissolution of the abbeys is very apparent still today in Ireland, the ruins being places I love to visit and photograph. I wonder sometimes what would have become of those places were they not destroyed, perhaps entire cities would have developed.
Fis2 (106222) 2017-02-09 12:43
I like construction ceiling and walls.
Excellent frame, colors and sharpness.
Have a nice afternoon.
lousat (97487) 2017-02-09 14:39
Hi Bulent,a very important place for the culture in the world,with Oxford this is the most famous university of Europe and it's nice to watch something from there and to read your interesting note..what a lot of Nobel comes from there! Perfect work,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
worldcitizen (9348) 2017-02-09 18:48
This is a lovely view of the dining room with all its grandeur and history. It looks more like a study or hall or library to me! The rows of lamps on each table are a nice touch. Do you think Cambridge created more Nobel Prize winners, or more future winners were simply drawn to study there? I guess I'm wondering if the institution makes the students, or the students make the institution. :-) I'm assuming the number of Nobel Prize winners listed in your note were not only in the field of science, but maybe I'm mistaken.
mcmtanyel (28906) 2017-02-09 21:00
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
This is a very nice interior photo in which most of the detail is visible. I like the sense of depth the lines of tables produce. I think I'll add it to my collections of College Campuses.
emka (106570) 2017-02-09 23:43
Very interesting note about Noble prize winners. I suppose that in this ranking Cambridge will never be beaten. Nowadays in science smaller universities have no chances.
I was in Cambridge six years ago (the time flies...) and there I met my old friend, astronomer working in Trinity College. I could visit with her many places, also the library with a manuscript of Winnie the Pooh (and Newton books), and I was in this hall too. I can imagine how it is to be student there.
Have you seen the picture I have dedicated to you a few days ago?
Kind regrads MAlgo
BennyV (20445) 2017-02-09 23:57
Hello dear Bulent
With the big monarch framed on the wall in the bg! Great interior picture, so many fine details that it takes a while before I notice there are people in the frame.
Thanks for sharing & have a fine WE.
holmertz (59006) 2017-02-10 2:07
It's a magnificent room with lots of attractive details and you handled the light nicely. The note is possibly even more interesting than the photo, but when my eyes fell on the words "rapacious psychopath" I for a moment thought you were writing about the so called president of your country. (The choice is yours.)
Thank you for your comments on my photo from Afyon. If you had read the note you would have seen that I had translated the name of the city and mentioned its former major source of income. ;-)
kasianowak (10401) 2017-02-10 5:25
Great interior shot taken in difficult conditions both because of low light and, at the same time, high contrast. I can recongnise HVIII's portrait in a prominent place...
Great note, read it with interest even though I know most of that story, it still adds something knew.
jhm (159863) 2017-02-10 5:30
This is incredible how much nice pictures are hidden in different houses, when we see the nice picture.
A nice interior picture.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent done.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Tue (43370) 2017-02-10 12:50
Indeed, Henry VIII was quite a king in English history, I always enjoy telling my students all the stories about him and the other Tudor monarchs. Beautiful photo of the impressive and famous Cambridge college. The light management is superb.
ikeharel (78161) 2017-02-10 22:20
Good morning Bulent,
Superior indoor's photo with excellent light management, mostly from the outside, and fine clear details shown. The hall is wide and long enough for such a POV, which you masterfully employed on the outcome. Interesting reading as well.
Wish you a nice weekend,
kordinator (22485) 2017-02-11 1:42
This is a lovely view of the dining room with rich history.
Truly luxurious rooms and a beautiful interior.
Excellent composition full of wonderful details, perfect sidelight.
Great photo job.
Cricri (125748) 2017-02-16 23:12
Une note très intéressante..
Bonne prise intérieur, les détails, une belle présentation du collège
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (40373)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): College Campuses [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2017-02-09 11:37