Horizontal Learning in the High Middle Ages: Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Transfer in Religious Communities

edited by Micol Long, Tjamke Snijders and Steven Vanderputten
Knowledge Communities
Amsterdam University Press
eISBN: 978-90-485-3291-9

The history of medieval learning has been studied both as a vertical master-student phenomenon, and as part of a broad 'educational environment'. This volume centers on the ways in which cohabiting peers learned and taught one another in a dialectical process - how they acquired knowledge and skills, but also how they developed concepts, beliefs, and adapted their behavior to suit the group: everything that could mold a person into an efficient member of the community. This process of 'horizontal learning' emerges as an important aspect of the medieval learning experience.

Micol Long is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) based at Ghent University. In 2014 she published the book *Autografia ed epistolografia tra XI e XIII secolo: per un'analisi delle testimonianze sulla 'scrittura di propria mano'* (Ledizioni).Tjamke Snijders is Collection Expert Book History at KU Leuven Libraries Special Collections. Her 2014 book *Manuscript communication: visual and textual mechanics of communication in hagiographic texts from the Southern Low Countries, 900-1200* was published by Brepols in the series Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, and in 2017 she co-edited the book *Medieval Li├Ęge at the Crossroads of Europe. Monastic Society and Culture, 1000-1300* (Brepols).Steven Vanderputten is full professor in medieval history at Ghent University. Among his key publications are *Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100* (Cornell, 2013), the collection *Reform, conflict and the shaping of corporate identities. Collected studies on Benedictine monasticism, 1050-1150* (LIT Verlag, 2013), *Imagining Religious leadership in the Middle Ages. Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform* (Cornell, 2015) and the recent *Dark Age Nunneries.The Ambiguous Identity of Female Monasticism, 800-1050* (Cornell, 2018).

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