Education and Society in Florentine Tuscany: Teachers, Pupils and Schools, c. 1250-1500

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Scholarship on pre-university education in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance has been dominated by studies of individual towns or by general syntheses of Italy as a whole; in contrast, this work offers not only an archival study of a region but also attempts to discern crucial local variations on a comparative basis. It documents mass literacy in the city of Florence; the school curriculum in the individual Florentine subject towns, as well as in the city of Florence itself; the decline of church ...

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Overview

Scholarship on pre-university education in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance has been dominated by studies of individual towns or by general syntheses of Italy as a whole; in contrast, this work offers not only an archival study of a region but also attempts to discern crucial local variations on a comparative basis. It documents mass literacy in the city of Florence; the school curriculum in the individual Florentine subject towns, as well as in the city of Florence itself; the decline of church education and the rise of lay schools; the development of communal schools in Florentine Tuscany up to 1400; and teachers, schools and pupils in the city of Florence during the fifteenth century.

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Robert Black, Ph.D. (1974) in History, University of London, is Professor of Renaissance History at the University of Leeds. He has previously published seven books on the Italian Renaissance, including Humanism and Education in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: tradition and innovation in Latin schools from the twelfth to the fifteenth century (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Editorial note regarding citations from manuscripts

1. Literacy in Florence 1427
2. The school curriculum in Florentine Tuscany and in teh city of Florence
3. The decline of church education and the rise of lay schools in Tuscany
4. The rise of communal schools in Florentine Tuscany: 1262 to 1400
5. Teachers, schools and pupils in Florence during the fifteenth century

Appendices
Bibliography
Index of Names

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