The Study of Canon Law and the Eclipse of the Lincoln Schools, 1175–1225
By Frans Van Liere
History of Universities, edited by Mordechai Feingold (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Synopsis: Lincoln was a respectable centre for the study of grammer, canon law, and theology in the period 1175 – 1225, but some fifty years later, it was Cambridge that developed into England’s second university. Why did the cathedral school of Lincoln, by all accounts a flourishing institution of higher learning by the end of the twelfth century, never develiop into a studium generale that could confer a licentria docendi, on par with institutions like Oxford and Cambridge?