The University of Toulouse in the Middle Ages: Its Origins and Growth to 1500 A.D

The University of Toulouse in the Middle Ages: Its Origins and Growth to 1500 A.D

The University of Toulouse in the Middle Ages: Its Origins and Growth to 1500 A.D

The University of Toulouse in the Middle Ages: Its Origins and Growth to 1500 A.D

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The research for materials upon which to base this work was undertaken in France and Italy as long ago as 1926 and 1927. Some of the materials were used in a doctoral dissertation submitted in 1928 to the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Louis John Paetow shortly before his untimely death. The typescript copies of this dissertation are on file in that university library.

In the intervening years, the materials unused in the dissertation were worked into additional chapters far more numerous than the original seven which covered only the foundation of the University of Toulouse and surveyed the history of its first hundred years. The first four chapters of this present volume are reworked from the dissertation, the others are new. Indeed, eight further chapters have been completed which do not appear in this work, but are reserved for future publication. This is possible because the whole project falls readily into two parts of about equal length. The first part -- the present volume -- is concerned with the origin and external history of the university to 1500, while the second analyzes aspects of its constitutional and administrative growth and the organization and administration of its collegiate institutions. Thus the chronological narrative chapters have been separated from the topical chapters which describe the basic university organizational features such as general congregations, officers, servants, financial administration and various aspects of the growth and activities of the university's colleges. This is mentioned to explain what otherwise must appear as obvious lacunae. It is hoped that the publication of the remaining chapters may not be too long delayed and that chapters on masters and students can be included to complete the second part of the project.

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