The Envy of Angels

“A discipline of conduct was a reality at cathedral schools.  We know some of its central values and virtues: love, friendship, and peace that make possible the cultivation of gentleness and humane kindness; elegance and beauty of manners, composed bearing , restrained and moderated conduct in gesturing, walking, eating, laughing; joviality, charm, grace, and good humor.  We know that these concepts made their way outward from the schools to influence conduce and its pedagogy in other areas of society.”

pg. 327, The Envy of Angels: Cathedral Schools and Social Ideal in Medieval Europe, 950-1200


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