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The Brabant University. Academics And Reform 1607–17

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The reasons why the Brabant university had to be reformed, why reform ultimately resulted in a formal codification of old as well as new university statutes, and why external commissioners acting with "higher" authority were involved are far from self-evident. They form part of the negotiations; they are not determined by so-called "pure facts" preceding them. To explain why a context for reform had to be created, this chapter deals with the interests at stake during the decade under investigation explores who determined the university's interests. Because these interests largely exceeded the matters dealt with in the legislative documents of 1617, the financial needs of Academia have to be examined as well. In a recent article on the financial crisis of the University of Louvain at the end of the 16th century, Diederik Lanoye rightly contends that, the Visitatio of 1617 eventually introduced a princely model of academic life.

Keywords: academic life; Brabant university; Louvain



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