Some Educational Aspects in England in the 16th Century
Pacheco Lucas, Margarita (University of Extremadura – Cáceres)
Proceedings of the II Conference of SEDERI (1992)
It is well known that the term Renaissance refers to a new age in the history of western civilization supposed to separate the Middle Ages and the Modern times or, as Aldo Agazzi puts it, Scholasticism, medieval society is followed by Humanism, the socio-cultural movement which started the Modern Age. The concept of the Renaissance is no longer as clear-cut as it was to the Renaissance Humanists themselves. It did not emerge suddenly out of the medieval darkness but out of the urban setting and sophisticated intellectual environment of medieval society. The idea of a revival of culture began with the Italian writers and scholars of the XIV, XV and XVI centuries who were called humanists because they occupied themselves with the “ studia humanitatis” . The XIV century Italian poet Petrarch introduced the myths that antiquity was a perfect age, the middle ages was a period of darkness and that a revival of culture and an improvement of society were dependent upon a revival of classical learning.