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Books And The Liberal Arts

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This chapter considers the distribution of books reviving the liberal arts among the educated Norwegian population. Although its curriculum remained somewhat limited, this preparatory system helped mould the book world of the educated layer of the early modern population. This book, an explanation of Genesis 1, covers themes from natural science and history, including the creation of the world, astronomy, names of countries in Europe, and lists of animals, plants, metals and so forth, topics that belonged to the quadrivium. The artes legacy attested in the book collections of the schoolmasters Monrad and Jensen is also evident in collections belonging to clerics. Calepino's dictionary, first published in 1502, had the longest lifespan of any dictionary in the early modern period; by 1785, this work had gone through at least 150 editions. The content of the book collection suggests that Londemann was not very interested in theology.

Keywords: books; Genesis 1; Jensen; liberal arts; Londemann; Monrad; Norwegian population



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