Mediaeval student life
To understand the origin and development of the mediaeval universities we must turn to those great social, political and religious movements which characterize that period of European history known as the Twelfth Century Renaissance. At the close of the eleventh and opening of the twelfth centuries we find all Western Europe undergoing a great awakening. Ideas and movements of both local and national importance were spreading throughout the countries of France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. In order that these ideas and movements may find expression new institutions were developed, some of which became important educational agencies.