The Grail Mystery and the Seven Liberal Arts

By Frans Lutters

Translator: Philip Mees

Format: Paperback

Explores the history and future of a unique educational structure, which Waldorf schools are working to transform for the modern age.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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The seven liberal arts -- of grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy -- formed the basis of an education in classical antiquity, such as Ancient Greece. The objective was not so much the acquisition of knowledge, but the development of virtues. In the Middle Ages, Charlemagne established schools throughout his European courts based on the same principles. Teachers at those schools included noteworthy Knights of the Grail, as well as monks from Britain and Ireland. This fascinating book explores the structure of this unique educational approach, one which modern Waldorf schools are working to transform for the modern age. A comprehensive work of research, richly illustrated, the book offers ideas and insight for both teachers and parents, alongside an inspiring vision of future educational work.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 13 Feb 2015
ISBN 9781936367658
Number of Pages 136

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'Frans Lutters has written a very intriguing and useful book. Teachers should find it helpful to see aspects of the Waldorf curriculum in their broader context, with the underlying spiritual significance for human development. In fact, anyone interested in human development can benefit from this perspective. As a musician, I found it helpful to see the place of music in the context of the seven liberal arts.' -- Colleen Shetland, lyrist, singer, editor

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