A History of the University of Cambridge: Volume 1, the University to 1546

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März 1989



This is the first of a four volume History of the University of Cambridge, under the General Editorship of Professor C.N.L. Brooke, and the first volume on the medieval University as a whole to be published in over a century. It provides a synthesis of the intellectual, social, political, and religious life of the early University, and gives serious attention to the development of classroom studies and how they changed with the coming of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Following the first stirrings of the University in the early thirteenth century, the evolution of the University is traced from the original Corporation of Masters and Scholars through the early development of the colleges. The second half of the book focuses on the century from the 1440s to the 1540s, which saw the flowering of the University under Tudor patronage. In the decades preceding the Reformation many colleges were founded, the teaching structures reorganized, and the curriculum made more humanistic. The place of Cambridge at the forefront of northern European universities was eventually assured when Henry VIII founded Trinity College in 1546, in the face of changes and difficulties experienced during the course of the Reformation.


List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Origins; 2. Hostels, convents and colleges; 3. Teaching; 4. The trivium; 5. The quadrivium; 6. The philosophies; 7. Theology; 8. Law; 9. Medicine; 10. Interlude and expansion; 11. Internal reform; 12. John Fisher and Lady Margaret; 13. The Henrician Reformation; Bibliography; Index.


"...a badly needed synthesis of important recent research. Damian Leader's book is especially valuable because it avoids the two besetting sins of most university histories. First, it eschews the parochial, self-congratulatory tone of most such works: it is written not for the 'old boys' who want only to glorify Alma Mater, but for the serious historical student who is trying to fit the universities into the intellectual, social, religious, political, and economic history of the period. Second, while it does study institutional structures, it also faces the fact, often forgotten in histories of universities, that education, perhaps even thinking, was going on within those structures. What makes this history especially valuable is that it studies the universities as teaching bodies closely tied to the general development of society." Charles G. Nauert, Jr., The Sixteenth Century Journal
EAN: 9780521328821
ISBN: 0521328829
Untertitel: 'History of the University of C'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1989
Seitenanzahl: 424 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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