Old King's notebook goes online

Notes by Edward Pordage

Dryden's Heroick Stanzas as copied by Pordage
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An eighteenth century notebook from the King's archives has been published online. The notebook contains 400 pages of reading notes by King's student and Fellow Edward Pordage (1687 - 1751).

Pordage came from Eton to King's in 1707. He was elected a Fellow in 1710 but resigned five years later to become Rector of Bere Crocombe in Somerset. He later became Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal.

Pordage wrote the notebook in his time at King's. He jotted down summaries from memory of books and poems he had read, including notes on Bacon's Of the proficience and advancement of learning, Thomas Vaughan's Magia Adamica (1650) and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel. The notes show Pordage studied a diverse range of topics, including education, rhetoric, memory and alchemy.

The handwritten notes have been photographed page by page and published on the Scriptorium website, which specialises in digitising medieval and early modern manuscripts.

18 May 2010