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French Special Collections: Christ Church

Christ Church Special Collections

Christ Church's collections are enriched by the Orrery (Charles Boyle, Earl of 1676-1731)  Bequest containing many (575) rare French items.  Many early French books mainly but not exclusively theological in content were left to the college by William Wake (1657-1737).  William Wake was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1716 until 1737.  During 1718 he conducted negotiations with the Gallican Church in France to bring about a union between that Church and the Church of England.