Among the Spires

Between medieval and modern, Oxford seeks equilibrium

Oxford is a "baffling jumble of structures . . . with no obvious center to them," says the author. (Rob Matheson/Corbis)
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Inside the booklet, though, Oxford being Oxford, the Lord Mallard of the day confidently looked forward to the duck's resurrection "in future centuries."

Jan Morris, who lives in Wales, has written some 40 books on travel and history, including Oxford (1965).

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