Reforming Boys: The English Reformation and the Conversion of Humanism

Doctoral Dissertation


The humanists disseminated their grammatical priorities amongst England’s student population and grammar schools during the early Tudor period. By 1535, the demand for their methods was vast and growing. The very reason for the early spread of humanist ideas, however, nearly proved the downfall of the Latin education in general and the educational fashion with it. Pre-Reformation English humanism had proven itself to be entirely compatible with late medieval religious beliefs about the role of intercessory prayers in the life of the church; schools founded by humanists maintained traditional expectations about the role of school as religious organization. Thus, when Henry VIII and Edward VI attempted to disentangle schools from the fabric of English religious life, simultaneously stamping out practices they regarded as superstitious, many schools vanished with the institutions that had been outlawed.


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  • etd-04172015-163922

Author Eleanor Everett Pettus
Advisor Brad S. Gregory
Contributor Daniel Hobbins, Committee Member
Contributor Rory Rapple, Committee Member
Contributor Robert Goulding, Committee Member
Contributor Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Committee Member
Contributor Brad S. Gregory, Committee Chair
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline History
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2015-04-01

Submission Date 2015-04-17
  • United States of America

  • chantry

  • textbooks

  • Church of England

  • dissolution of the monasteries

  • medieval education

  • Latin grammar

  • chantries

  • song schools

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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