This volume is primarily concerned with the establishment of the University in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and the development of its studies in the high age of scholasticism, up to the great philosophical debate between William of Ockham and his Mertonian opponents in the fourteenth century. Contributors: R. W. Southern, M. B. Hackett, C. H. Lawrence, J. I. Catto, M. W. Sheehan, J. R. L. Highfield, T. H Aston, R. Faith, J. M. Fletcher, P. O. Lewry, J. A. Weisheipl, J. L. Barton, L. E. Boyle, Jean Dunbabin.
'a supremely beautiful object which I consider cheap at the price.' A. N. Wilson, Sunday Times
'The book is best savoured and admired as a collection of original scholarly essays on a major theme of first-rate interest and importance. There is a fundamental plan and shape which ensures that almost every topic is covered in a comprehensive way... C. N. L. Brooke, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'this volume ... must be regarded as a work of monumental scholarship and a major contribution to our understanding of mediaeval society.' V. H. H. Green, Medium Aevum
`These two volumes provide (amongst a great deal else) what may be evidence about ancient approaches to some of the most important general issues of governance and freedom that face the modern unversity.'
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