Parution – “Medieval and Early Modern Education”, History of Education Quarterly, Volume 61 – Special Issue 2 – May 2021

Special Issue on Medieval and Early Modern Education

Editorial Introduction

150 Trends in the History of Medieval and Early Modern Education in HEQ

Christopher Carlsmith


Marking Time, Making Community in Medieval Schools

Sarah B. Lynch

Women ’s Education and Literacy in England, 1066–1540

Megan J. Hall

A Duchess “given to contemplation”: The Education of Margaret Cavendish

E Mariah Spencer

Sarah B. Lynch, “Elementary and grammar education in late medieval France : Lyon, 1285-1530”, Amsterdam UP, 2017

The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries saw a marked increase in the availability of elementary and grammar education in Europe. In France, that rise took the form of a unique blend of trends also seen elsewhere in Europe, ranging from Church-dominated schools to independent schools and communal groups of teachers. Lyon, long a crossroad of ideas from north and south, was home to a particularly interesting blend of approaches, and in this book Sarah Lynch offers a close analysis of the educational landscape of the city, showing how schools and teachers were organised and how they interacted with each other and with ecclesiastical and municipal authorities.

Parution – Sonja Brentjes, “Teaching and Learning the Sciences in Islamicate Societies (800-1700)”, Brepols, 2018

his book provides for the first time a survey of the important features of educational activities and structures in various Islamicate societies between 800 and 1700 with regard to the mathematical and occult sciences, medicine, and natural philosophy.

This book surveys teaching and learning in the mathematical and occult sciences, medicine and natural philosophy in various Islamicate societies between 800 and 1700. It focuses in particular on Egypt and Syria between 1200 and 1600, but looks also at developments in Iran, India, Anatolia, and Iraq. It discusses institutions of teaching and learning such as house and court teachers, madrasas, hospitals, in-family teaching, and travelling in search of knowledge, as well as the content of the various sciences taught by or at them. Methods of teaching and learning, teaching bestsellers and their geographical and temporal dissemination, as well as encyclopaedias and literature on the classification of the sciences are treated in further chapters.

Sonja Brentjes is researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.  She has published widely on the history of mathematics, institutions, cartography, and cross-cultural encounters, mainly with regard to Islamicate societies, but also about parts of Christian Europe and South Asia.

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