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There are no grounds whatever for suggesting that Albert remained in the studium at Padua or was sent to Bologna or Paris for the study of philosophy. All religious were equally forbidden by church law to study philosophy in any secular studium, and at that time the Dominican Order had no studium artium of its own. At Cologne, Albert would not only have completed his one-year novitiate, but would also have attended all the theological lectures of the official lector of that priory. 25 The task of the lector, whose importance in the house was second only to that of the prior, was to give theological lectures on some book of the Bible to the entire com- 23 24 25 Roger!
Albert's autograph in Vienna, Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. misc. lat. 273, fol. 72v: end of Physica and beginning of De caelo et mundo Plate 3. Albert's autograph in Vienna, Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. misc. lat. 273, fol. 142r: end of De caelo et mundo and beginning of De natura locorum LIFE AND WORKS OF ST. ALBERT 31 tematic, and consecutive with the Aristotelian corpus can be seen from the extant autograph copy in Vienna, Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. misc.
1 "The thirteenth century," as Freed has shown,2 "was the high point in the urbanization of medieval Germany," and the history of Germany in that century is in large part the history of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders beyond the Rhine, the Elbe, the Oder, and even the Vistula. The same, no doubt, can be said of Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary. When Albert joined 1 John B. : Mediaeval Academy of America, 1977), p. 24. , p. 43. 14 J. A. WEISHEIPL the Dominican Order as a young man at Padua in 1223, there was no German Dominican Province, and only two small priories had been established in the territory.