The Development of Education in Medieval Iceland (The Northern Medieval World)

February 23, 2021
The Development of Education in Medieval Iceland (The Northern Medieval World)

Medieval Iceland is known for the fascinating body of literaryworks it produced, from ornate court poetry to mythologicaltreatises to sagas of warrior-poets and feud culture. This bookinvestigates the institutions and practices of education which laybehind not only this literary corpus, but the whole of medievalIcelandic culture, religion, and society. By bringing together abroad spectrum of sources, including sagas, law codes, andgrammatical treatises, it addresses the history of education inmedieval Iceland from multiple perspectives. It shows how theslowly developing institutions of the church shaped educationalpractices within an entirely rural society with its own distinctvernacular culture. It emphasizes the importance of Latin, despitethe lack of surviving manuscripts, and teaching and learning in ahighly decentralized environment. Within this context, it exploreshow medieval grammatical education was adapted for bilingualclerical education, which in turn helped create a separate andfully vernacularized grammatical discourse.