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The Medieval University

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Thursday 17 March 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the medieval universities.In the 11th and 12th centuries a new type of institution started to appear in the major cities of Europe. The first universities were those of Bologna and Paris; within a hundred years similar educational organisations were springing up all over the continent. The first universities based their studies on the liberal arts curriculum, a mix of seven separate disciplines derived from the educational theories of Ancient Greece. The universities provided training for those intending to embark on careers in the Church, the law and education. They provided a new focus for intellectual life in Europe, and exerted a significant influence on society around them. And the university model proved so robust that many of these institutions and their medieval innovations still exist today.With:Miri RubinProfessor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of LondonIan WeiSenior Lecturer in Medieval European History at the University of BristolPeter DenleyReader in History at Queen Mary, University of London.Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    A. B. Cobban, ‘English University Life in the Middle Ages’ (London, 1999)

    A. B. Cobban, ‘The Medieval Universities: Their Development and Organisation’ (London, 1975)

    H. de Ridder-Symoens (ed.), ‘A History of the University in Europe I: Universities in the Middle Ages’ (Cambridge, 1992)

    J. Le Goff, ‘Intellectuals in the Middle Ages’ (tr. Oxford, 1993)

    O. Pedersen, ‘The First Universities: Studium Generale and the Origins of University Education in Europe’ (tr. Cambridge, 1997)

    J. Verger, ‘Men of Learning in Europe at the End of the Middle Ages’ (Notre Dame, In., 2000)

    S. C. Ferruolo, ‘The Origins of the University: The Schools of Paris and their Critics, 1100-1215’ (Stanford, 1985)

    L. Thorndike, ‘University Records and Life in the Middle Ages’ (New York, 1944)

    I. P. Wei, “From twelfth-century schools to thirteenth-century universities: the disappearance of biographical and autobiographical representations of scholars”, ‘Speculum’ 86 (2011), pp. 42-78

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