Good Really, Really Old Days of College


Swordfight, just another day in the life of a college student of yore ...


Yes, that's tennis as it was played in 1600 CE

BibliOdyssey blog has some nice scans of "Illustrissimi Wirtembergici Ducalis Novi Collegis quod Tubingae quam Situm quam Studia quam Exercitia Accurata Delinateo," which depicts university life in the Renaissance era.

Notice that there was little book study, instead there were lots and lots of fighting: Link


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I'm sure there are plenty of women who'd like to take up sword-fighting, too, Carl. They'd have to, if only for self-defense. The idea of a bunch of frat-boys running around with sharp objects wouldn't exactly make me want to set foot on a campus...

Besides, it's parents who turn their kids into "self entitled wusses"; the damage is done long before they ever set foot in a college.
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