The Envy of Angels

The Envy of Angels

Cathedral Schools and Social Ideals in Medieval Europe, 950-1200

The Middle Ages Series

by C. Stephen Jaeger

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

544 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 8 illus

  • ISBN: 9780812217452
  • Published: August 2000

£22.99

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Before the rise of universities, cathedral schools educated students in a course of studies aimed at perfecting their physical presence, their manners, and their eloquence. The formula of cathedral schools was "letters and manners" (litterae et mores), which asserts a pedagogic program as broad as the modern "letters and science." The main instrument of what C. Stephen Jaeger calls "charismatic pedagogy" was the master's personality, his physical presence radiating a transforming force to his students. In The Envy of Angels, Jaeger explores this intriguing chapter in the history of ideas and higher learning and opens a new view of intellectual and social life in eleventh- and early twelfth-century Europe.