Throughout the Middle Ages, great intellectuals from Jerome to Jean Gerson all commented on education. What was its purpose? What practices best achieved the intended aims? This volume will introduce the central themes that ran through literature on education, from its fixation on moral instruction to recommendations on playtime. It will explore writing from the first century A.D. to the educational treatises of Renaissance Italy and discuss the important place that education, even of small children, held in medieval thought.
Forthcoming autumn 2017