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Grammar Schools and Grammar Teachers in Protestant


This chapter explores how much evidence is there for a third strategy among many of the better-educated laity a strategy which treated classical and Christian wisdom as virtually synonymous and interchangeable. It also discusses the reasonable evidence for such a strategy, what effect might this have had on the laity's attitude to the form of Protestantism then on offer in England. In assessing in particular the impact of humanism on Protestantism in England, the chapter looks at those who spent several years at grammar school and university and also at those who spent little more than three or four years or none at all. And yet were exposed to classical literature or humanist ideas of one kind or another. Students in upper forms and gentry undergraduates were given a form of classical education that was strongly classical as in many Protestant and Catholic schools abroad.