The focus throughout this volume is on the personalities and personal relationships between teachers and students in medieval Europe, thus recreating the human connections that lay behind medieval humanism and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance.
The essays in this collection
focus not on texts but on people, specifically on teachers and
their students, beginning with the late Carolingian era and
continuing through the creation of monastic and secular schools in
the centuries before the first universities. Central to the
articles in this volume are the schools and communities of Northern
France and England, including Reims, Bec, Soissons, and Canterbury,
whose patterns of thought and learning gave shape to intellectual
endeavours throughout medieval Europe. In addition to some of the
most prominent personalities of the day (among them Gerbert of
Reims, Lanfranc and Anselm of Bec, Ivo of Chatres, and John of
Salisbury), the contributors examine those teachers and students
who worked in the shadows: figures like the biblical exegete
Richard of Préaux and the musical innovator Theinred of
Dover. The focus throughout the volume is on personalities and
personal relationships, thus recreating the human connections that
lay behind medieval humanism and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance.
Taken together, the essays here create a coherent and compelling
picture of the tumultuous time before the universities came to
organize and take control of teaching and learning—a seminal
period when teaching methods and curricula grew out of the
particular experience of specific teachers and their interactions
with their students.