The Lausanne Academy was the first Protestant Academy in a French-speaking territory, created twenty years before the one in Geneva. In the 1540’s, the Lausanne Academy developed a new model for higher education that influenced the entire Calvinist world. Far from forming only pastors, it attracted the sons of Swiss and European Protestant elites through its advanced trilingual education (Latin, Greek, and Hebrew), in accordance with the cultural standards developed by Renaissance humanism. This book, based on a vast body of unpublished archival sources, examines the Lausanne Academy’s historical development, academic program, students, faculty, and finances, revealing it as an essential milestone in the history of European education where the blossoming of humanistic culture and confessional rivalries met.
Karine Crousaz, Ph.D. in History (2010), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Fellow of the Warburg Institute, University of London (2007), teaches Early Modern History at the University of Lausanne. She is the author of Erasme et le pouvoir de l’imprimerie (2005).
"...One might wish that Crousaz could have continued her study beyond 1560 to show how the Academy evolved beyond the first generation. By concentrating on a relatively short period of time, however, she is able to go into greater depth. It is that depth and level of detail that sets her book apart from earlier works about the Lausanne Academy and makes it a welcome contribution to the study of early-modern education more generally."
Amy Nelson Burnett (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), The Catholic Historical Review, July 2013
"...Crousaz has produced an immensely informative and clearly written book. It is based on a wealth of archival and primary printed sources, and it is garnished with many quotations in French (with the Latin given in notes when necessary) from treatises, letters, and archival sources. (...) A comprehensive bibliography and three indexes complete the volume. This is an excellent addition to a distinguished series."
Paul F. Grendler (University of Toronto Emeritus and Chapel Hill, NC), Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 503-504.
“…Until the publication of Karin Crousaz’s detailed study, the sixteenth-century academy of Lausanne has largely been overshadowed in current scholarship by its Genevan neighbor. (…) Crousaz’s thorough study begins with an overview of the political, religious, and educational context in which the academy was founded. (…) The comprehensive nature of Crousaz’s research and her skill at providing an account of all facets of the Lausanne academy’s existence during its first two decades makes this work invaluable for all in the field of early modern higher education…”
Karin Maag (Meeter Center, Calvin College), Sixteenth Century Journal XLIV/2 (2013).
“L’intérêt du theme, la qualité variée et nouvelle des sources, la facture classique et solide de l’ouvrage, ainsi qu’une écriture simple et agréable font de cette monographie sur l’Académie de Lausanne un ouvrage qui restera fundamental pour son sujet. (…) Cette situation a multiplié les sources dont a pu disposer l’auteur, qui n’en a négligé aucune et les a croisées avec beaucoup de finesse (…) De nombreuses et intéressantes annexes complètent cet ouvrage magistral. (…) L’histoire de ces dernières s’est donc enrichie d’un ouvrage important, muni en outre d’une importante bibliographie et de nombreux index.”
Béatrice Nicollier, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 2012, pp. 691-695.
Liste des graphiques, tableaux et cartes . . . ix
Remerciements . . . xi
Abreviations . . . xiii
Principes de transcription . . . xvii
Introduction . . . 1
1. Contexte politique, religieux et educatif . . . 15
2. Naissance et developpement de l’Academie de Lausanne . . . 69
3. Finances et aspects materiels . . . 137
4. Professeurs . . . 217
5. Etudiants . . . 255
6. Formation . . . 331
Annexes. . . 449
Bibliographie . . . 547
Index des noms . . . 595
Index des lieux . . . 602
Index des matieres . . . 604
All those interested in the history of education, the history of universities, intellectual history, Swiss history, the history of the Reformation and the history of Renaissance humanism.