The University of Paris, that followed schools which in the 1120’s–1130’s had already become the most important of Latin Europe, with that of Bologna, was the most important university in the field of philosophy and theology up to the beginning of the 14th century. Thereafter, it remained a prestigious institution and, in spite of the upheavals due to the Great Western Schism and the Hundred Years War, kept its international character, even though it may then be considered also as a French institution. Though with some rare exceptions almost all important “intellectuals” (to use Jacques Le Goff ’s vocabulary) were trained there up to the beginning of the 14th century, some others followed thereafter, and, apart from those famous people, thousands of students will make up the staff of the Church of France and of many other European regions, then, progressively, choose careers as teachers or administrators. Yet, to this day, in spite of Mgr. Palémon Glorieux’s praiseworthy efforts, there is no trustworthy repertoire of the masters, students and servants of the schools and University of Paris, unlike those which exist for other great European universities, like those of Oxford and Bologna, or the German universities. The Studium project aims to fill this gap, by taking advantage of a double opportunity, one historical and the other due to computer science, which has enabled us to construct an original structure of database, aiming both to synthesize and improve the development of our historical knowledge, especially by the aggregation of very different competences, and which also means to open new prospects for application of computer science to history and human sciences.
Genet, Jean-Philippe; Idabal, Hicham; Kouamé, Thierry; Lamassé, Stéphane; Priol, Claire; and Tournieroux, Anne
"General Introduction to the Studium Project,"
Medieval Prosopography: Vol. 31
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/medpros/vol31/iss1/9