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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which explores both the normative and eccentric characteristics of late medieval education. It begins with a detailed discussion of the schools of late medieval Regensburg, paying particular attention to the educational institutions, their organization, and periods of prominence. The book argues that the existing ecclesiastical schools sufficiently met the needs of Regensburg's elite, reducing pressure for the establishment of new schools under the city's direct control. It then considers the schools themselves more closely, including discussions of the curriculum, teachers, and students. Finally, the book examines the interface between the universities, the city, and the schools of Regensburg within the context of the demands of an increasingly complex civic bureaucracy, reflecting the extent to which Regensburg participated in broader European educational trends, demonstrating the role (and limits) of university education in social and economic mobility.

Keywords:late medieval education; late medieval Regensburg; schools



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