Jesuit Schools and Universities in Europe, 1548-1773


Paul F. Grendler, noted historian of European education, surveys Jesuit schools and universities throughout Europe from the first school founded in 1548 to the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773. The Jesuits were noted educators who founded and operated an international network of schools and universities that enrolled students from the age of ten through doctoral studies. The essay analyzes the organization, curriculum, pedagogy, culture, financing, relations with civil authorities, enrollments, and social composition of students in Jesuit pre-university schools. Grendler then explains Jesuit universities. The Jesuits governed and did all the teaching in small collegiate universities. In large civic-Jesuit universities the Jesuits taught the humanities, philosophy, and theology, while lay professors taught law and medicine. The article provides examples ranging from the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, to universities across Europe. It features a complete list of Jesuit schools in France.

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Biographical Note

Paul F. Grendler, Professor of History Emeritus of the University of Toronto, has published ten books, six on education in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. He has received many fellowships and awards, including the International Galileo Galilei Prize, the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award and the George E. Ganss, S.J., Award in Jesuit Studies.

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Jesuit Schools and Universities in Europe, 1548–1773
Paul F. Grendler
 Part 1: Schools
 Part 2: Universities

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