More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar
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No Uxi, it's the other way around.  Charlemagne was fighting basic literacy and priests with little knowledge of Latin.  Cathedral schools came first.  Universities didn't come into existence until the High Middle Ages.  Even the palace school at Aachen was intended to create an educated group of bureaucrats who could help administer a huge empire.  These guys needed basic skills: reading, writing, arithmetic.  Carolingian minuscule was a new form of writing created because it was easier to read and replicate.  The more familiar and commonly perceived as medieval Gothic script was (like universities) a product of the High Middle Ages (well, perhaps a bit earlier but mostly high).  It is much harder to read with the number of minims running together and the sheer number of abbreviations used in manuscripts.

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Re: More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar - by Fontevrault - 05-20-2016, 11:38 AM



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