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To understand the educational structures and curriculum of the late Middle Ages, it is necessary to consider the textual and institutional traditions from which they grew. The liberal arts, which dominated the medieval curriculum were themselves fully converted to Christian ends, despite their pre-Christian origins. Outside the traditional network of ecclesiastical and city schools, there were an increasing number of private instructors teaching reading, writing, and computational skills in the vernacular and in Latin. Outside of Regensburg, evidence indicates a significant number of teachers providing basic reading instruction alongside writing and arithmetic. The Regensburg cathedral school was among those with only regional influence. The primary focus of the mendicant schools was theology. Most mendicant convents had at least one lector who provided daily lectures. The emphasis on discipline was due in no small measure to the important role that the students played in the choir.

Keywords:medieval curriculum; private instructors; Regensburg cathedral school

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