The University in Medieval Life, 1179–1499
About the Book
The university is indigenous to Western Europe and is probably the greatest and most enduring achievement of the Middle Ages. Much more than stodgy institutions of learning, medieval universities were exciting arenas of people and ideas. They contributed greatly to the economic vitality of their host cities and served as birthplaces for some of the era’s most effective minds, laws and discoveries.
This survey traces the growth of the largest medieval universities of Bologna, Paris, and Oxford, along with the universities of Cambridge, Padua, Naples, Montpellier, Toulouse, Orléans, Angers, Prague, Vienna and Glasgow. Covering the years 1179–1499, this work discusses common traits of medieval universities, their major figures, and their roles in medieval life.
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About the Author(s)
Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, chronology, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
Setting the Stage: Medieval Life 7
I. MEDIEVAL UNIVERSITIES: AN OVERVIEW 25
II. THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA 55
III. LEGAL SCHOLARS AT BOLOGNA 63
IV. THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS 71
V. THREE SCHOLARS AND A HERETIC (OR A SAINT) 97
VI. THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD 107
VII. LUMINARIES AT OXFORD 115
VIII. TEN OTHER UNIVERSITIES 127
IX. MEDIEVAL UNIVERSITIES AND HUMANISM 140
X. THE IMPACTS OF THE UNIVERSITIES ON MEDIEVAL LIFE 165
Appendix 1. A University Student’s Possessions 177
Appendix 2. Three Excerpts from Peter Abelard’s Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes) 179
Appendix 3. John of Garland on “How Students Should Behave” 182
Appendix 4. The Pecia System 183
Appendix 5. Two Letters of 21 November 1430 from the University of Paris 185
Appendix 6. Medieval Requirements for Becoming a Physician 187
Chapter Notes 199
Book Reviews & Awards
• “Offers a refreshingly clear look at what it must have been like to be a student or teacher in the great medieval universities”—C&RL News