Humanism and Education in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Tradition and Innovation in Latin Schools from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth Century
By: Robert Black (author)Paperback
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Based on the study of over 500 surviving manuscript school books, this comprehensive 2001 study of the curriculum of school education in medieval and Renaissance Italy contains some surprising conclusions. Robert Black's analysis finds that continuity and conservatism, not innovation, characterize medieval and Renaissance teaching. The study of classical texts in medieval Italian schools reached its height in the twelfth century; this was followed by a collapse in the thirteenth century, an effect on school teaching of the growth of university education. This collapse was only gradually reversed in the two centuries that followed: it was not until the later 1400s that humanists began to have a significant impact on education. Scholars of European history, of Renaissance studies, and of the history of education will find that this deeply researched and broad-ranging book challenges much inherited wisdom about education, humanism and the history of ideas.
Robert Black is Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Leeds.
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Editorial note regarding citations from manuscripts and publications; A note on chronological terminology; Introduction; 1. Italian Renaissance education: an historical perspective; 2. The elementary school curriculum in medieval and Renaissance Italy: traditional methods and developing texts; 3. The secondary grammar curriculum; 4. Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools: the story of a canon; 5. Reading Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools; 6. Rhetoric and style in the school grammar syllabus; Appendices; Bibliography; Index of manuscripts; General index.
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