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1450-1508: the Estudi General of Barcelona

1450-1508: the Estudi General of Barcelona

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  • In 1450, King Alphonse the Magnanimous granted a charter for the establishment of the Estudi General of Barcelona, unifying all of the previous schools of higher learning.  In the new institution, chairs were created in Theology, Canon Law, Civil Law, Moral and Natural Philosophy, the Seven Arts, Medicine and other disciplines.
  • The University, however, faced many difficulties during this period.  Of particular importance was the Civil War in Catalonia (1462-1472), which had a debilitating effect on the institution.  In 1488, under the reign of Fernando the Catholic of Aragon, the Estudi General of Medicine received a fresh impetus when it was merged with the schools under the patronage of the Barcelona City Hall.
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