This volume explores the relationship between the emphasis on performance in Elizabethan humanist education and the flourishing of literary brilliance around the turn of the sixteenth century.

This study asks us what lessons we can learn today from Shakespeare’s Latin grammar school. What were the cognitive benefits of an education so deeply rooted in what Demosthenes and Quintilian called "actio"—acting? Because of the vast difference between educational practice then and now, we have not often followed one essential thread: the focus on performance. This study examines the connections relevant to the education offered in schools today.

This book will be of great interest to teachers, scholars, and administrators in performing arts and education.

chapter |2 pages


chapter 1|5 pages

Time Travel

chapter 2|8 pages

Engagement Before Information

chapter 3|6 pages

Angels and Eaglets

chapter 4|24 pages

Good Behavior and Audacity

The Training Up of Schoolboy Orators

chapter 5|8 pages

Context: The Hatch and Brood of Time

A Brief History of the English Reformation

chapter 6|21 pages

Erasmus' Egg

chapter 7|18 pages

The Delightful Mulcaster

chapter 8|20 pages

Per Quam Figuram?

chapter 9|26 pages

Erasmus Writes Colloquies

chapter 10|19 pages

The Little Eyases

Professional Boy Actors

chapter 11|30 pages

The Lego Snap of Learning

chapter 12|3 pages