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The Roman ‘Academy’ Of Pomponio Leto: From An Informal Humanist Network To The Institution Of A Literary Society

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The Basoche was a network of professional and intellectual solidarity. The social and cultural practices of the clerks of the court of justice were spread within the Basoche, which was thus the place of transmission for a double kind of knowledge, legal and theatrical, and the guardian of a cultural inheritance common to the world of justice and the 'world of the theatre.' Preserving a culture common to the whole legal group, the Basoche played a fundamental role in the heritage of legal knowledge, in the transmission of intellectual knowledge, notably of the rules of rhetoric, the practice of eloquence, and of a technical savoir-faire that was very important for jurists. In England, judicial apprenticeship took place in the famous Inns of Court. But in France, the Basoche fulfilled this function. The Basoche in the late Middle Ages was a school of judicial practice and a school of theatrical technique.

Keywords: Basoche; judicial practice; Middle Ages; savoir-faire



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