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Autonomy by imposition. The birth of the natio Scota in the law faculty of the University of Padua (1534)
Article first published online: 11 SEP 2013
© 2013 The Author. Renaissance Studies © 2013 The Society for Renaissance Studies, John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Special Issue: The Italian University in the Renaissance. Guest Editors: David Rundle and Alessandra Petrina
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 549–559, September 2013
How to Cite
Piovan, F. (2013), Autonomy by imposition. The birth of the natio Scota in the law faculty of the University of Padua (1534). Renaissance Studies, 27: 549–559. doi: 10.1111/rest.12029
- Issue published online: 11 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 11 SEP 2013
- French students;
- natio Scota;
- Piemontese students;
- Riformatori dello Studio;
- Italian universities
The natio was the fundamental constituting element of the students' corporations in the medieval and early modern studia; it grouped students from an area whose homogeneity depended on language or habits, the issue of political nations being at the time a minor one. Therefore, the existence of a natio in a studium should indicate the presence of students from a specific geographic area. This is not the case for the jurists' natio Scota, founded in 1534 by a decree of the Venetian Collegio. Separated from the older natio Anglica, which from its origin had gathered all students coming from the British Isles, the natio Scota was in fact an empty container, whose creation was essentially intended to help solve a conflict within the universitas iuristarum. Such conflict did not concern either the English or the Scots, but the French-speaking students of the Provençal and Burgundian nationes and the Italian-speaking Piemontese students asking to join those nationes.