1. The Renaissance of the 12th century was a highlight in the Middle Ages. During this time Ancient Rome and law came back into the light. Translation of Greek documents were happening in Latin and Arabic. History was interesting scholars and manuscripts were being copied. Aristotle’s works were being used in every universities curriculum. But one of the greatest achievements of that time was the founding of universities.
2. In the 12th Century Universities were Cathedral schools. These were established during the Carolingian Renaissance under the rule of Charlemange. There were seven subjects they studied: mathematics, astronomy, rhetoric, music, grammar, logic, and various literature. Between the years 1200 and 1400 the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, and Bologna were founded. There were professors and students, just like today’s universities.
3. St. Tomas Aquinas was a young man who joined the University of Naples, then became a Dominican at the age of 19. However his family didn’t enjoy, or support this, and they imprisoned him for a year. During this time they sent him a girl to try to tempt him but it didn’t work. In fact he chased her out of the room with a hot poker, he then carved a cross on the door with the hot poker. When he was set free he assisted three different popes. There are 8.5 million words attributed to St. Tomas, 48,000 of which are original reference material.