This work presents a composite view of medieval English university life. The author offers detailed insights into the social and economic conditions of the lives of students, their teaching masters and fellows. The experiences of college benefactors, women and university servants are also examined, demonstrating the vibrancy they brought to university life. The second half of the book is concerned with the complex methods of teaching and learning, the regime of studies taught, the relationship between the universities in Oxford and Cambridge, as well as the relationship between "town" and "gown".
'This is a volume which, like the university, offers both instruction and entertainment.' - The Lecturer
'He [A. Cobban] has shown that he is s worthy successor of Rashdall and A. B. Emden in the breadth of his interests and reading.' - J. R. L. Highfield, Merton College, Oxford
'Triumphantly successful.' - Urban History