The Pattern of Social Change

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198269250
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600708 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Pattern of Social Change

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From the late eleventh century, large changes were taking place in Western society. It was an age of population increase, with the clearance of great forests. Some of the small settlements of previous centuries began to evolve into cities of commercial importance, and became the centres of cathedrals and schools. There was a marked increase in the quality of education, within which a diversification of subjects was taking place. The aristocracy shared in the new prosperity, and a number of nobles became patrons of learning, poetry, and religion. Ideas circulated more freely within a society, which was slowly becoming more open.

Keywords: Anselm of Laon; city schools; clearance of forests; courts; grammar; schools

Chapter.  9767 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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