Punishment and Medieval Education (Hardback)Ben Parsons (author)
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This book unpicks the various levels of this debate. It surveys material from multiple languages and discourses, in order to build up the fullest possible picture of medieval thought and practice. Each chapter addresses a specific aspect of punishment in school: topics include the classical inheritance of medieval teaching, the rituals and structures of discipline, theoretical accounts of its effects, and the responses of students themselves to grammar's regimen. As a whole, the study not only exposes the impressive rigour with which beating was defined, but also some of the doubts, paradoxes, and even anxieties that surrounded its usage. At the same time, it also raises larger questions about the presence of violence across medieval culture, and how we might confront it without playing into the reductive stereotype of "a barbaric age".
BEN PARSONS is Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of Leicester.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 578 g
Dimensions: 246 x 158 x 27 mm
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