Humanism and Education in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Tradition and Innovation in Latin Schools from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth Century

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The claim, central to many interpretations of the Renaissance, that humanists introduced a revolution in the classroom is refuted in Robert Black's masterly survey, based on over 500 manuscript school books. He shows that the study of classical texts in schools reached a high point in the twelfth century, followed by a collapse in the thirteenth as universities rose in influence. It was not until the later 1400s that humanism had a significant impact in the schoolroom, as Italian teaching, particularly at elementary levels, remained strongly traditional throughout the fifteenth century.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. x
Editorial Note Regarding Citations from Manuscripts and Publicationsp. xiii
A Note on Chronological Terminologyp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Italian Renaissance Education: an Historiographical Perspectivep. 12
The Elementary School Curriculum in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Traditional Methods and Developing Textsp. 34
The Secondary Grammar Curriculump. 64
Latin Authors in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Schools: the Story of a Canonp. 173
Reading Latin Authors in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Schoolsp. 275
Rhetoric and Style in the School Grammar Syllabusp. 331
Conclusionp. 366
Bl Harley 2653: the Earliest Known Manuscript of Ianuap. 369
A Handlist of Manuscripts of Ianuap. 373
Manuscripts of Tebaldo's Regulep. 379
Handlist of Manuscripts of School Authors Produced in Italy and Now Found in Florentine Librariesp. 386
Theoretical Grammar Manuscripts in Florentine Libraries Examined and Included or Eliminated as Italian School Grammarsp. 426
Authorities Cited Explicitly in Manuscripts of Major School Authors in Florentine Librariesp. 428
Bibliographyp. 435
Index of Manuscriptsp. 456
General Indexp. 466
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