First published in 1988, this book traces the complex evolution of Oxford and Cambridge from the twelfth through the early sixteenth centuries. In the process, the author incorporates new research on Cambridge University that has become available only recently.
Alan B. Cobban is able to give an overall view of the functioning of the English universities, touching on the development of the academic hierarchy, the various features of the curriculum and the teaching offered by these institutions. The author also addresses the social and economic circumstances of students and the relations between the universities and their respective town and ecclesiastical authorities. Cobban draws on much recent work to supply new details and altered perspectives in this single-volume reappraisal of the history of these two distinguished educational institutions.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Medieval University: The European context; The English Universities: Origins and early development. Government and organization; Colleges, halls and hostels:I The colleges; II The Halls And Hostels. Teaching: University and collegiate. Academic concentrations: I: The distribution of studies; II: The humanist impact. Relations with the Municipal and Ecclesiatical authorities: I The universities and the town; II The universities and the church. The academic community. Student academic and social life. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
'The latest work of a respected and authoritative specialist on the university of the Middle Ages(and).a valuable scholarly addition to the literature that makes the detail of the medieval period accessible to the non-specialist reader' David Phillips, Oxford Review of Education. '..(an) important and scholarly book' Journal of Ecclesiastical History.