3

How was the path in terms of education for a small kid to follow in years so that he can become a LAWYER in 17th Century in Europe? (Mainly in The Holy Roman Empire).

Thanks!

  • 4
    The most important step would be to have parents rich enough to be able to send you to school. – Steve Bird Feb 23 '17 at 11:11
3

Learning has not really changed over the centuries. What has changed are the words we use to describe what learning we are doing. Typically, as Steve Bird pointed out, a person would have to have some wealth to be taught formally. If your family was wealthy enough you had a private tutor that came and taught you who was usually highly educated in philosophy, faith or math (depending on the era). As the child grew into "college age" they would have attended what we call university today. In The Holy Roman Empire this was probably the University of Bologna. Founded in 1088, this school would have taught the students higher education in science, math, philosophy and law. What you should keep in mind though is that our idea of justice and the rule of law is not the same as what it was in the 1600s. Typically the church defined and ruled on matters of "law" which were based in faith, so in learning the faith which was taught by the schools you were learning the law you were bound by too.

Resources:

Local Histories

History of the University of Bologna

European Education

  • Thanks @EvanM. I was also thinking the Charles University in Prague which was dominated by Jesuits those times -to my knowledge – pencilCake Feb 24 '17 at 18:58
  • You're welcome, hope that answers your question. – EvanM Feb 24 '17 at 19:03

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.