Student Life in Ave Maria College, Mediaeval Paris: History and Chartulary of the College

Student Life in Ave Maria College, Mediaeval Paris: History and Chartulary of the College

Student Life in Ave Maria College, Mediaeval Paris: History and Chartulary of the College

Student Life in Ave Maria College, Mediaeval Paris: History and Chartulary of the College

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Ave Maria College or the College of Hubant is one of the many Colleges founded in Paris in the first half of the fourteenth century. Those who referred to it or wrote about it sometimes could not resist the temptation to minimize the importance of this College, founded to provide a home for students in Grammar and the Arts. The main cause of this erroneous appreciation was ignorance of its Chartularium, which is now in the Archives Nationales, Paris.

The Statutes of the College contained in this Chartularium are very rich in information about the administration and discipline of this type of institution, established chiefly for boys of what would be our grammar and high school age. They also give detailed information concerning the spiritual life of the students. From this point of view the Statutes of Ave Maria College are unique. The founder of the College left us a collection of regulations which reveal a fourteenth-century educator's advanced ideas. John of Hubant had a knowledge of the teaching methods of the great educators of the preceding century, and he put them into practice in his own way.

Though Ave Maria College did not play an important part in the history of thought, because of the youthful age of its pupils, it does provide a valuable chapter in the history of mediaeval spirituality, liturgy, and education.

Here, as in so many fields, is applicable what Etienne Gilson expressed with typical brevity:

The progress of the history of mediaeval thought is tied up with the discovery of facts, that is of texts, which it is necessary to decipher, to transcribe, sometimes to translate and finally to edit.

These words of Gilson indicate the method of the present work.

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