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Knight academy
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Knight academies were special schools for the nobility, which dedicated themselves to both academic studies and training in the skills and activities specific to the nobility [1. 241] (Standesbildung). Their roots lay in the educational institutions that appeared in 16th-century Italy that were dedicated instruction in riding and the use of weapons (e.g. the Scuola di Maneggio of Federico Grisone in Naples, 1532) [4. 41]. These “riding academies” spread rapidly in Central and Western Europe. In France the first knight academies emerged in conjuncti…

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Töpfer, Thomas, “Knight academy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026758>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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