University of Northampton (13th century)

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University of Northampton
Active 1261–1265
Location Northampton, England

The University of Northampton was based in Northampton from 1261 to 1265.

The university was established by Royal Charter after approval from King Henry III in 1261.[1] It was the third university in England, after Oxford and Cambridge, and the 22nd in Europe. After being advised by bishops and magnates that Northampton was a threat to Oxford, Henry III dissolved the university in 1265, and signed a Royal Decree that banned the establishment of a university in Northampton.

The university's name was revived in 2005 when the University College Northampton was upgraded to full university status and renamed the University of Northampton.

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  1. ^ "Reading, a city dreaming of spires". Times Higher Education. 1996-05-03. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 

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