Time Voyager

Education

Beginning the Revival of Scholar and the Importance of Education

                       Alcuin of York

After the fall of the Roman Empire, education was becoming less commonly seen. Even few Church officials were able to read and write. Society became very simplistic, and literacy diminished for the majority of society. Charlemagne had a great influence on the society when it came to education and art. He wanted education to be fundamentally important and implemented into everyone’s lives, and took many steps to try and make this happen.

The amount of uneducated people was repulsive to Charlemagne and saddened him, so he promoted more churches and monasteries, standardized education, and created the Seven Liberal Arts which serves as the basis of education up to this day. The standardization of language and schools brought education to the forefront. If you participate in school today, the structure of your school system is most likely based off of this education reform. Education became more important when thinking about social status, so much so that most noble families could read and write again. The theology, science and philosophy that this society believed in truly did unite them and make them more progressive as a culture, and this was known as the revival of education.


Language

               Carolingian Miniscule

Communication was difficult for people of different backgrounds, and that is all the Carolingian empire really consisted of. They spoke lingua-romana, francique and many other languages, but a common language that they spoke to understand other people that didn’t speak their native language was Latin. This was useful for many reasons, one of them being trade. Latin was used as the communicative language for these people because that is what most of their languages originated out of. Even our English language originated from Latin. Using the Latin language helped people to spread their education and to become more culturally and socially aware of others.


Image Sources:
James Woodward, “Alcuin,” https://jameswoodward.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/alcuin-of-york/ (Accessed November 28, 2017)
Meithal, “Carolingian Miniscule,” https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CarolingianMinuscule.jpg (Accessed November 28, 2017)

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