By Steven J. Reid
Throughout early-modern Europe the confessional struggles of the Reformation touched almost each point of civic existence; and nowhere was once this extra obvious than within the universities, the seedbed of political and ecclesiastical society. Focussing on occasions in Scotland, this publication unearths how proven universities came upon themselves on the centre of a fight by means of competing forces attempting to advertise their very own political, non secular or academic ideals, and below pageant from new associations. It surveys the transformation of Scotland's medieval and Catholic college approach right into a greatly-expanded Protestant one within the many years following the Scottish Reformation of 1560. at the same time, the research assesses the contribution of the continentally-educated spiritual reformer Andrew Melville to this technique within the context of broader eu social and cultural advancements - together with becoming lay curiosity in schooling (as as a result renaissance humanism), and the involvement of royal and civic govt in addition to the hot Protestant Kirk in college enlargement and reform. via systematic use of mostly ignored manuscript assets, the ebook deals clean views on either Andrew Melville and the improvement of Scottish better schooling post-1560. in addition to supplying a close photograph of occasions in Scotland, it contributes to our growing to be knowing of the function performed via better schooling in shaping society throughout Europe.