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January 31, 2014

Medieval education:
Students listen intently to a lecture while one sleeps
and a few allow themselves to be distracted.
The Renaissance was founded upon centuries of higher learning, historians say.

College students 1,000 years ago differed little from those today. They loved to socialize, some drank too much, and a few were given to riot.

They also liked music. Here's a list of the Top Ten hits of Medieval Europe.

Many even studied!

While their behavior often clashed with the townsfolk who lived near them, students matured with enough knowledge and literacy to revolutionize Europe as the center of scientific inquiry and discovery. From Galileo (1564-1642) to Newton (1642-1727) their progeny enhanced all humanity and continues to do so today.

Revisionists prefer to portray white people as a brutal lot who enslaved or massacred all they encountered. They never mention that white people forged trails into jungles and savannas to deliver medicine, education, and life-enhancing technology throughout the world. Today's world population is literally alit with inventions birthed in the innovative minds of European people.

Our heritage is one of empirical benevolence that could only be discounted by revisionists hell-bent on disparaging our culture to satiate the hunger for control. Once Western culture is displaced by multiculturalism, humanity will never again attain the heights of achievement we know today.


We Don’t Need No Education

By Danièle Cybulskie / MEDIEVALISTS.NET 

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At school, students were instructed in Latin, since it was the language of intellectual thought, with vernacular (that is, mother-tongue) schools appearing as the Middle Ages drew to a close. The curriculum consisted of a “liberal arts” education, which was divided into the trivium and the quadrivium, according to classical tradition. The trivium consisted of grammar (Latin, that is), rhetoric, and logic. The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Students did take notes during their lessons, but would most often use wax tablets, since vellum was very expensive (being made of animal hide), and paper was not prevalent until the late Middle Ages. As a result of the lack of note-taking paper, students were forced to memorize great quantities of information, something that would have come more easily to them than it would to us, as they were not trained to write things down instead of remembering (as we are now). Exams were done orally, both for this reason and as an exercise in rhetoric.

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Universities became so large that their dynamics often swayed the dynamics of the towns in which they existed, to the displeasure of the citizenry. In Paris, there is still a section of the city which is called “The Latin Quarter,” due to the high number of students who lived and attended university there over the centuries. There were often bitter disputes between “town and gown,” as the unruly students wreaked havoc, rioted outright, or simply lived debauched lives in their towns. Citizens fought back by inflating prices on unavoidable necessities, such as lodging. Cambridge University, itself, was created as a result of one of these town-and-gown fights; students from Oxford left the city after the falling-out, and created their own school.

Evidence we have of student life consists of textbooks from cathedral schools and university charters, of course, but much more interesting are the letters asking parents for money, and the songs about drinking and womanizing. You can find a couple of these songs here (personally, I like the third one best as representative of the type of songs we often find). Clearly, university life hasn’t changed that much over the past thousand years


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