December 26, 2016

The Carmina Burana, the clerici vagantes of the 12th century… they may perhaps be taken as the forerunners of the humanists — the same unstable existence, the same free and more than free views of life, and the germs at all events of the same pagan tendencies in their poetry… They clearly felt themselves a wholly new element in society, because they began to think, and soon to feel, as the ancients thought and felt… The appointments were as a rule made only for a certain time, sometimes for only half a year, so that teachers were forced to lead a wandering life, like actors… One and the same teacher could be connected with a great variety of institutions… The natural alliance between the despot and the scholar, each relying solely on his personal talent…

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