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The Study of Canon Law and the Eclipse of the Lincoln Schools, 1175–1225

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? 

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