The Universities of the Italian Renaissance

The Universities of the Italian Renaissance

by Paul F. Grendler
     
 

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Italian Renaissance universities were Europe's intellectual leaders in humanistic studies, law, medicine, philosophy, and science. Employing some of the foremost scholars of the time—including Pietro Pomponazzi, Andreas Vesalius, and Galileo Galilei—the Italian Renaissance university was the prototype of today's research university. This is the first

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Italian Renaissance universities were Europe's intellectual leaders in humanistic studies, law, medicine, philosophy, and science. Employing some of the foremost scholars of the time—including Pietro Pomponazzi, Andreas Vesalius, and Galileo Galilei—the Italian Renaissance university was the prototype of today's research university. This is the first book in any language to offer a comprehensive study of this most influential institution.

In this magisterial study, noted scholar Paul F. Grendler offers a detailed and authoritative account of the universities of Renaissance Italy. Beginning with brief narratives of the origins and development of each university, Grendler explores such topics as the number of professors and their distribution by discipline, student enrollment (some estimates are the first attempted), famous faculty members, budget and salaries, and relations with civil authority. He discusses the timetable of lectures, student living, foreign students, the road to the doctorate, and the impact of the Counter Reformation. He shows in detail how humanism changed research and teaching, producing the medical Renaissance of anatomy and medical botany, new approaches to Aristotle, and mathematical innovation. Universities responded by creating new professorships and suppressing older ones. The book concludes with the decline of Italian universities, as internal abuses and external threats—including increased student violence and competition from religious schools—ended Italy's educational leadership in the seventeenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This study focuses on the universities of Renaissance Italy. Grendler (emeritus, history, U. of Toronto) begins with some brief narratives on the origins and development of individual universities. Coverage includes famous faculty members, student enrollment, and relations with civil authority. Grendler also discusses how humanism changed research and teaching in various subjects including mathematics, natural philosophy, and medicine. The volume concludes with an examination of the decline of Italian universities in the 17th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Archivum Historicum - Mark A. Lewis
Grendler's research provides the Renaissance scholar with a guide book to the Italian universities of the period.

International Journal of the Classical Tradition - Anthony F. D'Elia
This erudite work of scholarship will change the way that we look at the Renaissance intellectual history.

Choice
Drawing on a lifetime of scholarship devoted to the history of schooling in late medieval and Renaisssance Europe, Grendler presents a magisterial study of the Italian universities... elegantly written.

Isis
A recognized authority on the subject of education in the Italian Renaissannce, Paul Grendler has produced a magnificent study of Italian higher education in the period 1400–1600.

— David A. Lines

American Historical Review
A nuanced overview... Grendler offers a perceptive discussion of the effects of the Counter Reformation.

— Robert Black

Catholic Historical Review
Erudite as well as entertaining; an instructive treatise as well as a useful reference tool for anyone interested in the topic.

Canadian Journal of History
For those interested in Renaissance intellectual history and the history of higher learning, this will be the quintessential study for some time.

— Mark Jurdjevic

Cithara
This will certainly become the standard work on the subject.

— Darin Hayton

History of Education
This formidable erudite, beautifully presented and magisterial work is a reliable guidebook to one of the golden ages of university history. Between the early fifteenth and late sixteenth centuries, Italian universities were unrivaled in Europe except in theology. Grendler has produced a splendid framework within which to understand one of the great flowerings of intellectual life in European history.

— Diarmaid MacCulloch

Modern Language Review
A vast, highly informative, and wide-ranging account... This monumental study, beautifully produced, crystal clear, and breathtakingly encyclopedic in scope, contains a wealth of valuable information and high-level scholarship.

— Jonathan Woolfson

History
Will remain a basic source of reference for all future work on Italian Renaissance universities.

— Alison Brown

Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Grendler's work is likely to remain for long an indispensable, and interdisciplinary, 'benchmark'.

— John Easton Law

Times Literary Supplement
A wide-ranging and comprehensive survey.

— Jill Kraye

Journal of Modern History
Grendler succeeds in painting a picture of the Italian universities that is well founded in empirical data. His book is a great success.

— Jürgen Miethke

Archivum Historicum
Grendler's research provides the Renaissance scholar with a guide book to the Italian universities of the period.

— Mark A. Lewis

International Journal of the Classical Tradition
This erudite work of scholarship will change the way that we look at the Renaissance intellectual history.

— Anthony F. D'Elia

Sixteenth-Century Journal
An important work of great erudition, an essential work for anyone wishing to understand Renaissance education.

— Duane J. Osheim

History: Reviews of New Books
No brief review can do justice to Paul A. Grendler's elegant study of Italian Renaissance universities. The Universities of the Italian Renaissance requires close reading and will doubtless become the definitive analysis of higher education in the period. Grendler blends the same depth of archival knowledge, familiarity with the secondary literature, organization, and clear writing that characterize his earlier works on Renaissance education.

— Michael J. Galgano

American Historical Review - Robert Black
A nuanced overview... Grendler offers a perceptive discussion of the effects of the Counter Reformation.

Sixteenth Century Journal - Duane J. Osheim
An important work of great erudition, an essential work for anyone wishing to understand Renaissance education.

Canadian Journal of History - Mark Jurdjevic
For those interested in Renaissance intellectual history and the history of higher learning, this will be the quintessential study for some time.

History: Reviews of New Books - Michael J. Galgano
No brief review can do justice to Paul A. Grendler's elegant study of Italian Renaissance universities. The Universities of the Italian Renaissance requires close reading and will doubtless become the definitive analysis of higher education in the period. Grendler blends the same depth of archival knowledge, familiarity with the secondary literature, organization, and clear writing that characterize his earlier works on Renaissance education.

H-Italy, H-Net Reviews - Christopher Carlsmith
Paul Grendler's comprehensive, methodical, and immensely learned study of the seventeen universities in Renaissance Italy is an enormous contribution to historians and scholars... A wide-ranging and authoritative study that will be a benchmark for years to come.

Cithara - Darin Hayton
This will certainly become the standard work on the subject.

History of Education - Diarmaid MacCulloch
This formidable erudite, beautifully presented and magisterial work is a reliable guidebook to one of the golden ages of university history. Between the early fifteenth and late sixteenth centuries, Italian universities were unrivaled in Europe except in theology. Grendler has produced a splendid framework within which to understand one of the great flowerings of intellectual life in European history.

Isis - David A. Lines
A recognized authority on the subject of education in the Italian Renaissannce, Paul Grendler has produced a magnificent study of Italian higher education in the period 1400–1600.

Modern Language Review - Jonathan Woolfson
A vast, highly informative, and wide-ranging account... This monumental study, beautifully produced, crystal clear, and breathtakingly encyclopedic in scope, contains a wealth of valuable information and high-level scholarship.

History - Alison Brown
Will remain a basic source of reference for all future work on Italian Renaissance universities.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History - John Easton Law
Grendler's work is likely to remain for long an indispensable, and interdisciplinary, 'benchmark'.

Times Literary Supplement - Jill Kraye
A wide-ranging and comprehensive survey.

Journal of Modern History - Jürgen Miethke
Grendler succeeds in painting a picture of the Italian universities that is well founded in empirical data. His book is a great success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421404233
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
616
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

John Monfasani

A magnificent achievement. Paul Grendler has written a stunningly comprehensive, detailed, and insightful history of the Italian universities from their origins to the eighteenth century. It will unquestionably become the standard work on the subject and remain so for a very long time. More than an institutional history, it is also a history of Italian culture over a span of five hundred years. Law, medicine, humanism, mathematics, philosophy, theology, and science all receive lucid and informative treatment.

John Monfasani, State University of New York at Albany

Meet the Author

Paul F. Grendler is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Toronto, and former president of the Renaissance Society of America. He is the editor-in-chief of the prize-winning Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and author of several books including Schooling in Renaissance Italy, winner of the American Historical Association's Howard R. Marraro Prize for Italian History, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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