William Whyte

For God (and us)

The histories of sixteen great cathedrals from Hagia Sophia to Santa Maria del Fiore.

Take me to the Church

The medieval parish church was the meeting point of many different things, both sacred and secular.

The Medieval University Monopoly

New universities sprang up across medieval Europe at a rapid rate, yet at the start of the 19th century, England had only two: Oxford and Cambridge. For centuries, England’s two oldest institutions enjoyed a strict duopoly on higher learning, enforced by law. Why were they allowed to?