The Spanish College at Bologna

  • A. L. Rowse


I went, in memory of Edward Armstrong whose historical writing I admire, to see the Spanish College at Bologna: he wrote a delightful sketch of its history. So many English people who spend a day or two in the town contrive to go away without ever seeing one of its most interesting sights, certainly its rarest, for it must be the only survival of a medieval college on the Oxford and Cambridge model remaining on the Continent. Perhaps it is due to its being tucked away down a side street on the edge of the town; or still more to the fact that Baedeker hardly mentions the existence of the College, devotes no more than a sentence to it.


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© A. L. Rowse 1966

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