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MDT Episode 29: Back to School with Eberhard’s Laborintus

Detail from BL Stowe MS 17, f. 109rIn this episode, we celebrate the start of a new school year with a return to Eberhard the German’s Laborintus and learn more about the trials and tribulations of teaching medieval schoolchildren.

This episode’s text:

  • Eberhard the German. “The Laborintus of Eberhard: Rendered into English with Introduction and Notes.” Trans. Evelyn Carson. Diss. Cornell University, 1930.

References:

  • Universities in the Middle Ages. Hilde de Ridder-Symoens, editor. 1992. A History of the University in Europe, vol. 1, Cambridge UP, 1992-. Especially Chapter 7: “Student Education, Student Life” by Rainer Christoph Schwinges, pp. 195-243.

Image: Schoolroom of apes. Detail from BL Stowe MS 17, f. 109r.

MDT Episode 10: Concerning the Milk of Grammar

Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 292vIn this episode we continue with Eberhard the German’s Laborintus and learn how a teacher acquires the knowledge of grammar, along with getting some practical advice about inspiring medieval schoolchildren.

This episode’s texts:

  • Eberhard the German. “The Laborintus of Eberhard: Rendered into English with Introduction and Notes.” Trans. Evelyn Carson. Diss. Cornell University, 1930.
  • Nelson, William, ed. A Fifteenth Century Schoolbook. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.

References:

  • Orme, Nicholas. Medieval Schools: From Roman Britain to Renaissance England. New Haven: Yale UP, 2006.
  • Parsons, Ben. “Whipping Boys: Attitudes Towards Beating in Medieval Pedagogy.” Education Journal 191 (24 Feb. 2014): 10.
  • Thomas Aquinas. Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Vol. 1. Trans. John P. Rowan. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1961.

Image: Schoolmaster of Esslingen in Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 292v, (first half 14th century) [via Erik Kwakkel]

MDT Episode 09: Concerning the Wretched Fate of a Grammar Teacher

Wellcome Library, MS 49, fol. 42.Better late than never, it’s Episode 9, wherein we hear Eberhard the German’s description of his own doomed conception, after a fashion, by which he introduces his handbook of Latin composition, the Laborintus.

This episode’s text:

  • Eberhard the German. “The Laborintus of Eberhard: Rendered into English with Introduction and Notes.” Trans. Evelyn Carson. Diss. Cornell University, 1930. Print.

Image: Wellcome Library, MS 49, fol. 42r.  “Uroscopy Chart.”

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