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Renaissance Education Between Religion and Politics

1st Edition

By Paul F. Grendler


340 pages

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pub: 2006-03-28
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Few eras took education so seriously or were so innovative in their approaches to schools and universities as the Renaissance. At the same time, religious and political concerns strongly influenced educational developments. This third volume of articles by Paul F. Grendler explores the close connections between education, religion, and politics at several levels and in different contexts. It combines detailed research into various kinds of schools with broad overviews of European and especially Italian education. The lead article compares Italian and German universities and assesses the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the latter. Even Erasmus, the great critic of university theologians, felt the need to acquire a doctorate in theology and did so. In Italy, the new schools of the Jesuits and the Piarists taught boys and young men gratis, but not without opposition. Two articles deal with students, the consumers of education. While teachers and students were most directly involved in schools and universities, ecclesiastical and political authorities, including the leaders of the Republic of Venice, the subject of the final study, kept a watchful eye on them.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The universities of the Renaissance and Reformation; How to get a degree in fifteen days: Erasmus' doctorate of theology from the University of Turin; Students of the schools and students of the university; What Piero learned in school: 15th-century vernacular education; Italian schools and university dreams during Mercurian's generalate; The attempts of the Jesuits to enter Italian universities in the 16th and 17th centuries; The Piarists of the pious schools; Renaissance humanism, schools and universities; Man is almost a God: Fra Battista Carioni between Renaissance and Catholic Reformation; The adages of Paolo Manuzio: Erasmus and the Roman censors; The leaders of the Venetian state, 1540-1609: a prosopographical analysis; Index.

About the Author

Paul F. Grendler is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Canada.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General