Medieval news. Medieval book allows hands-on medieval studies.
Students in Richard Pollard’s Middle Ages history classes at the University of British Columbia have a new way to learn about the past — by flipping through a 700-year-old book the university recently acquired from a private collection.
The text is an introduction to theology that originated in France and was copied in Latin sometime in the 14th century, possibly during the Black Death pandemic. The book also includes a secondary work, which is likely an extract from the theologian Thomas Aquinas.
“There are all kinds of things that students can learn just by looking at this book,” Pollard said. “It brings students into the period in a way that lecturing in a classroom doesn’t. It allows an entry to somebody’s mind from the past.”