First published in 1919, this book addresses the history of education in England from the 4th century AD to the early years of the 20th century. Adamson examines the impact of significant events, such as the Black Death, on contemporary systems of education, and stresses the role of the Church and the Roman Empire in shaping English education through the centuries. The book was influential enough that it remained a classic long after publication and even after Adamson's death in 1945. This book will be of value to those studying the history and development of the education of both men and women in England.
Preface; 1. Origins; 2. The rise of universities; 3. The education of chivalry; 4. The great pestilence; 5. The beginning of popular instruction; 6. The new learning; 7. Humanism; 8. The Reformation; 9. Luther, Sturm, Cordier; 10. The man of action and the new philosopher; 11. Ecclesiastical politics and public education; 12. Eighteenth-century theory; 13. Eighteenth-century practice; 14. The voluntary system of elementary education; 15. Secondary and higher education, 1800-60; 16. The establishment of a national elementary system; 17. 'Organize your secondary education!'; 18. A national system of education founded; Index.