Winchester College

This school was set up by the bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham in 1382. It was the first of a new tradition of English Public Schools. It was set up with the intention of providing an educated elite who could run the state. According to John Milner in his History, Civil and Ecclesiastical, and Survey of the Antiquities of Winchester (1809) "a temple of Apollo, the deity of learning stood near the sire of the present college". This was set up by the Romans when they were trying to supress druidry. They wanted to supplant it with their own priesthood. They set up a series of centres in what became the Old Foundation of bishoprics whenthey were christianised. Margaret Murray points out in The Divine Kings of England that as they totalled thirteen, the bishops would collectively constitute a coven.

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