July 13th, 2007

Snackish Sorts of Food in Renaissance Italy

The place: Northern Italy, in what is now the Veneto province
The time: Fudged a little. Let's say, from c. 1350 - c. oh, 1570, maybe? If pressed, towards the later end of that spectrum.

The research so far: Googled variations on "renaissance," "italy," "candy," "sweets," "breakfast." Checked out some of the resources under foodtimeline.org, and have Elizabeth Cohen and Thomas Cohen's Daily Life in Renaissance Italy (Greenwood Press 2001) at my elbow. I think I have a rough view of what I need here, but as always, it's those Little Details that are the collective kicker.

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Thanks in advance for any help with these issues!

19th Century University Admissions and Home Schooling

I'm coming up short in my search. I've done combinations involving 19th century, England, university, admissions, tutoring, Oxford, Cambridge, and all I'm getting are general references to oral versus written exams, interviews, knowledge of Latin and Greek, and children of the upper-class. The focus also tends to be university life, politics, and reform, but nothing on the transition into university.

Anyway, what was the general process of admitting undergraduates in the mid-19th century?

I guess my concern is more about whether or not a boy who's tutored by his clergyman father (or, if he comes from a wealthy family, a hired tutor) is at a disadvantage in terms of university preparation compared to one who's formally trained in school.

Thanks in advance for your help.

EDIT: I had to reword my question since I was a bit muddled on certain points the first time around. Sorry for the confusion.