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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.


  • 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.


  1. N. Wolff

    Hi. Just wanted to say I recently discovered your podcast and love it. Thank you for making my commute much more enjoyable.

    • Patrick

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

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