Burghley pp 14-25 | Cite as

University and Inns of Court

  • B. W. Beckingsale


Cambridge was the university which served eastern England. It was natural that Richard Cecil should send his son there from Stamford Baron. At this time an increasing number of the children of the aristocracy were entering the universities. A cultural revolution was beginning, by which the gentleman was acquiring an education equivalent to that of the clerk. The New Learning was becoming fashionable among the leaders of the laity because it had become the necessity of the ruling class. The new standards in court life and in the conduct of government required men with the classical education prescribed by the humanists. The ecclesiastics with their canon law and scholasticism were being ousted from the highest government posts by the laymen with their common law and humanism. Sir Thomas More followed Cardinal Wolsey in the Chancellorship.


Cultural Revolution Henry VIII Young Gentleman Moralist Friend Royal Estate 
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