Based upon extensive archival research and thoroughly conversant with the national historiography about schooling, David Sheffler’s case study of education in a southern German city is an important contribution to local history and to the history of education. Like all of the books in Brill’s series on education, this work is intended for scholars and university libraries. Its extensive footnotes provide transcriptions and details about historiography; four substantial appendices contain biographical registers, tables, chronologies, and maps pertaining to students and teachers of Regensburg.
— Christopher Carlsmith
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Historians have traditionally studied late medieval education backward a " through the eyes of religious and political reformers critical of that which preceded them. This has led to significant distortions. Histories written from this perspective, tend to overemphasize the novelty of early modern educational reforms at the expense of evident continuities, and focus on conflict between ecclesiastical and lay authorities rather than cooperation. This book focuses instead, on the medieval experience of education through a detailed reconstruction of the educational landscape of late medieval Regensburg. The resulting picture provides new insights into the relationship between civic authorities and ecclesiastical institutions, the role of education in social and economic mobility, and the connections between local communities and broader European educational structures.
About the Author
David L. Sheffler, Ph.D. (2005) in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida.
He has published articles and encylcopedia entries related to both pre-university and university education
including "An Early Oxford Riot: Oseney Abbey, 1238" (History of Universities 21/1 (2006), 1-32).