University of Douai

at , Douai , 59500

The University of Douai is a former university in Douai, France. With a Middle Ages heritage of scholar activities in Douai, the university was established in 1559 and lectures started in 1562. It closed from 1795 to 1808. In 1887, it was transferred as University of Lille 27 km away from Douai.From mid-16th century onwards, the university of Douai had European-wide influence as a prominent center of neo-Latin literature, contributing also to the dissemination of printed knowledge. With 1,500 to 2,000 registered students and several hundreds professors, it was the second largest university of France during the 17th and 18th centuries. Studies in mathematics and physics at Douai faculty of arts enabled broad development in artillery practice. Douai faculty of theology was an important center for Catholic studies, especially with the editions of the Douay-Rheims Bible. It played a role in religious doctrines and political controversies in Europe ; its scholars participated to the development of humanity studies and modernity approaches.HistoryDouai, scholar pole from the late Middle Ages to the RenaissanceBefore the formal establishment of a university in this county of the kingdom of France, there existed scholar traditions in Douai dating back to the late Middle Ages. Near Douai Anchin Abbey was an important cultural center from the 11th century to the 13th century, producing many manuscripts and charters ; it was challenged by the scriptorium of Marchiennes Abbey and Flines Abbey. In addition to these scholar activities from these abbeys, existed other monastic abbeys and priories in Douai up, thus ensuring during the 16th century that "close to the city, several very rich abbeys could provide space and resources to the new university".

University of Douai

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