The Forward Movement of the Fourteenth Century
Edited by Francis Lee Utley
History / Europe / France; History / Medieval
166 pp. 6x9
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The papers collected in this volume emphasize the importance of the fourteenth century to the development of medieval institutions.
Harry Bober presents a convincing case for regarding the period of Rayonnant Gothic architecture in France, not as a hiatus between High and Flamboyant Gothic, but as one in which new architectural aims were pursued.
Grace Frank, in a critical look at French literature of the century, rejects much of the work of the court poets as little more than sterile imitation, but sees in the drama of the period the beginnings of a real and solid dramatic tradition.
In his account of the college system in the fourteenth-century universities, Astrik L. Gabriel discusses the intellectual, moral, and social aspects of medieval college life, and observes that the increased demand for learning created problems that were similar to our own.
Alan Gewirth considers the fourteenth century a particularly appropriate period in which to examine the relationship between philosophy and political thought, for during this period philosophers were closely involved in the practical political issues of the time.
In the final article, George P. Cuttino discusses the Modus tenendi parliamentum, one of the most significant docuements in the history of the growth of English representative government. A translation of M. V. Clarke’s text of the English version of the Modus appears in an appendix.