Education and Learning in the Netherlands, 1400-1600: Essays in Honour of Hilde de Ridder-Symoens

Education and Learning in the Netherlands, 1400-1600: Essays in Honour of Hilde de Ridder-Symoens

Education and Learning in the Netherlands, 1400-1600: Essays in Honour of Hilde de Ridder-Symoens

Education and Learning in the Netherlands, 1400-1600: Essays in Honour of Hilde de Ridder-Symoens

Synopsis

This volume contains a series of articles - both reviews and case studies - dealing with a range of topics related to the history of education and learning in the Netherlands during a crucial period of transition. Schooling saw enormous progress, both in terms of numbers of people participating in it on various levels and of increasing diversity of institutions providing education. In the same period, learning and education penetrated deeply into society; they fulfilled a steadily growing number of functions, enhancing the competence of officials and contributing to the accumulation of intellectual and symbolic capital by both individuals and groups. A third major development was the change of discourse which was brought about by the advent of humanism in both Latin and vernacular culture.

Excerpt

On 30 September 2001 Prof Hilde de Ridder-Symoens said farewell to the Department of Medieval History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Having chaired the department for fifteen years, she decided to accept the chair in Early Modern History at the University of Ghent. in recognition of her contribution to the field of history at the 'VU', Koen Goudriaan, Jaap van Moolenbroek and Ad Tervoort took on the task of editing a 'Festschrift'. As the news of her departure from the Vrije Universiteit came at rather short notice, it was also decided to organize a symposium in Hilde de Ridder-Symoens' honour. During this symposium, held at the Vrije Universiteit on 27 September 2001, shortened first drafts of a number of articles that appear here were presented. As hers was a farewell to the Vrije Universiteit only and by no means a farewell to academia, the editors have only invited those scholars who have worked closely with Hilde de Ridder-Symoens at the Vrije Universiteit to contribute. the editors asked contributors to address a theme at the heart of Hilde's expertise, 'Education and Learning in the Netherlands, 1400–1600'. the choice of this theme also gives a cohesion to the book, which is sometimes lacking in a Festschrift. the response was impressive, this volume its result. Seventeen colleagues and pupils, who have worked together with Hilde at the Vrije Universiteit, have written sixteen articles in her honour.

Editing a multi-author volume in a foreign language is a daunting task. the editors would like to express their gratitude to the authors for their enthusiasm, their prompt responses, their flexibility and, above all, their patience. Sadly, one of the contributors, Dr Samme Zijlstra of the Fryske Akademy, will not be able to see his article in print. His untimely death in the autumn of 2001 prevented him from completing revisions to his article, which he had already started. the editors would like to thank Dr Wiebe Bergsma of the Fryske Akademy for providing the editors with the notes and corrections of Samme Zijlstra, which have been used for the final, albeit unfinished, draft of his article.

Most articles had to be translated into English, while the contributions originally written in English benefited from correction. the . . .

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