Aubrey on Education
A Hitherto Unpublished Manuscript by the Author of Brief Lives
Edited by J. E. Stephens
Routledge – 2012 – 220 pages
In 1699 John Aubrey began to compile notes for a scheme for the education of young gentlemen. The manuscript he left has never been published. The editor of the volume organized and re-arranged the text and has provided an historical Introduction and detailed notes. Aubrey gives a graphic account of education at the time. He displays a remarkable breadth of knowledge of the broad issues of history, law, mechanics, science and pedagogy and he was intensely curious about the practicalities of teaching language and number, the effects of puberty, diet, travel, games and music.
Preface. Introduction. Part 1 Letters. 1 Proem Part 2 2 The Institution 3 Government 4 Relaxation and Bodily Exercise 5 Chambers Part 3 6 The Cursus 7 The Schools 8 The Classes 9 School Exercises 10 The Library 11 Grammar 12 Mathematics 13 Geometry 14 Ethics 15 Logic 16 Rhetoric 17 Civil Law 18 Politics and Economics 19 Mundane Prudence 20 Foreign Travel 21 Epilogue. Appendices. Notes. Index.