Education and Culture

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Education and Culture

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The trends towards the extension of education observable among the lay men and women were strengthened in the sixteenth century. Literacy and the interest in acquiring printed materials became more common as the printing press was developed. Despite the downfall of education with the dissolution of monasteries, the need for teaching remained greater than ever. Another impetus of a more distinctly cultural kind was added by the metamorphosis of the concept of a gentleman — the Renaissance man. The impact of religion was a powerful stimulus to education. One of the outstanding features of educational provisions during the period was the encouragement of endowed grammar schools. The impact of the Reformation was also evident on the visual arts but the main focus of cultural activity was in literature. Surprisingly, Welsh authors published many more books in other languages than in their own.

Keywords: education; literacy; printing press; Renaissance man; grammar schools; Reformation; visual arts

Chapter.  10458 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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