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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, Orleans, 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. Read more Show Less

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434626
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii Preface 1 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
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