Influence of the Medieval University on the Latin Church and Secular Government Politics From the Later Middle Ages to Early Modern Times

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Examines comprehensively the involvement of the medieval universities in high politics, using primary and secondary source documents synthesized into narrative form. Concludes that early modern civilization, which emerged about 1500, was largely a result of the medieval university: its intellectual contributions; corporate political activities; external service of individual masters; and the many graduates who held prominent positions in both Church and state.


"With careful attention to a standard literature on university history, Scott relates the story of medieval universities. One is moved to compliment him on his ability to gather an immense amount of information and astuteness in synthesizing it with literary artistry and historical thoroughness. . . . Scott's book is an illustration of scholarly industry, literary craftsmanship, and historical imagination." - Educational Studies

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