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By Bert Roest

The historical past of schooling in the Franciscan order throughout the medieval interval is gifted the following in a brand new mild. This finished quantity bargains a brand new synthesis of Franciscan schooling, displaying the dynamic improvement of the Franciscan tuition community, among the early 13th and the early 16th century.

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The other half of the building was used as a prison and, until 1238, gaolers, prisoners and Franciscan friars shared a common front entrance. Thereafter, the Friars Minor obtained the complete house with its adjoining buildings. In this somewhat humble setting, the friars were able to attract their first young postulants from the town and the university. From the late 1220s onwards, the Franciscan house had a lector to teach its convent population the basics of theology, and to provide instruction in additional preaching skills.

These were the studia to which the province of St. ’111 Cf. ASZTALOS, 1992, 414, 417. The provincial chapter regulations give information with regard to the distribution of candidates from the various custodies of the province, who were to be send out for higher learning at studia generalia. Cf. BRLEK, 1942, 59. 109 Cf. COURTENAY, 1988, 82-84. 110 STATUTA AQUITANIAE ET FRANCIAE (saec. XIII-XIV), 474. 111 CONSTITUTIONES ASSISIENSES (1340), 256. In this list also figures the studium of Oxford, which does suggest that within the order itself the studium of Oxford did not rank much higher than the most prestigious non-degree schools.

97 Aside from these degree schools, the thirteenth century saw the emergence of a series of other studia generalia and comparable provincial centres for the study of theology. There, students could receive advanced theological instruction, even though they could not earn a universally acknowledged university degree in such ‘secondary’ centres of learning. 98 These regulations followed developments that were already well under way. In the core provinces of the Franciscan order an array of provincial studia generalia (at least thirteen) came into existence well before the beginning of the fourteenth century.

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