Road to the Reformation

October 8, 1515:

Rules and regulations in the university sought to guard against gambling, staying up all night, flamboyant dress, drunkenness, and associating with loose women. Students began their university careers between the ages of twelve and fifteen. For many, this meant a new-found independence in a new city from the constraints of childhood. The attitude among students was that as future scholars, they were a privileged class for whom the normal rules did not apply. Students often tended to hold themselves above the local folk and the town people in turn had similar feelings of aversion for the rowdy students, despite the extra income they brought to the town. Fights, brawls, and riots were common not only among the students themselves, but with landlords, tavern keepers, and merchants

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