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Cathedral Schools
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[German Version]

were educational originally institutions for training clergy, administered by the episcopal curia. In the Early Church, learned bishops (preeminently Augustine) already gave instruction to their clergy. From the second Council of Toledo (527/531) onward, the Church repeatedly urged the establishment of episcopal schools; in 789, they were enjoined by Charlemagne, and in 1076 by Gregory VII. Nevertheless, down to the Reformation numerous councils deplored the educational level of the clergy – a sign of the great disparity between the …

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Cathedral Schools”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03827>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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