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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter considers early indigenous drama at the Inns of Court alongside evidence of legal education. Whilst the availability of rhetorical training has divided scholars, contemporaneous reports express a desire for humanist reform. At a time when the majority of members of Inns had not previously attended one of the universities, an overwhelming number of those involved in writing plays had university experience and thereby imported their knowledge. The Inns should therefore not be seen as intellectually isolated, by either literary or legal historians, precisely because direct links between training at the Inns and dramatic composition are difficult to trace.

Keywords: rhetoric, law, education, learning exercises, Oxford, Cambridge, Inns of Court, drama, reform, humanism

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