Schools attached to monasteries and cathedrals were built to educate people who did not intend to pursue church positions. As more towns were established and more cathedrals were built, these schools increased in number throughout Europe, espe cially in France. Many of the major universities of Europe developed from such schools. The Catholic Church, as part of its own reform movement in the 16th and 17th centuries, also expanded its educational activities. Schools were established for Catholic children in which they were taught in their own languages.
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