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Education

  • Ken Powell
  • Chris Cook
Part of the Palgrave Historical and Political Facts book series (PHPF)

Abstract

The inscription carved above the door of the Lady Chapel at St Alban’s Abbey (after its conversion to a schoolhouse) sums up tlie attitude of Tudor governments to education in general and to schools in particular. The latter were seen by those in authority as ‘an effective means of unifying the religious outlook and consolidating the social order’.2 They also met the increasing demand from ever wider sections of the community for learning (a means of scaling the social ladder and entering the expanding professions) and it was for this reason that schools grew in size and number during the sixteenth century. The manner in which this growth was channelled and controlled, and the increasing supervision of the content of education, is symptomatic of the efforts of Tudor administrations to control those aspects of the lives of their citizens previously left to the Church or some lesser agency. The Tudor achievement was great, but the extent of the educational provision of medieval England must not be underestimated. Much of this provision was under the direct control of the Church: schools were attached to cathedrals, both those staffed by monks and the secular foundations, monasteries, especially the larger houses, collegiate churches (like those of Southwell (Notts.) and Wim-borne (Dorset)) and to chantries. But many schools were already being run by laymen, through guilds, merchant companies and town councils. Ipswich and Hull were among the towns which had borough schools in the fifteenth century.

When faith and learning are combined,

Then only do we true religion find.1

Keywords

Sixteenth Century Fifteenth Century Wide Section Grammar School Town Council 
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  • Chris Cook

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