Education during the medieval period played a vital role for empires to thrive. So great was the importance of education that the emperor Charlemagne issued a decree for each monastery and cathedral to set up a school to give free education every boy who possesses the intelligence and perseverance to excel in their studies.
Subjects that were taught ranged from Latin, grammar, logic, philosophy, rhetoric, astronomy and mathematics. However, it was far more favorable for the students to learn about natural science from folks who had greater exposure to nature and wildlife such as hunters, poachers and trappers.
Boys enjoyed the pleasure of learning about a lot of things. The girls on the other hand were not given the same privileges. Most of the girls who were educated in those days were more than likely daughters of wealthy and powerful noblemen.
Education did not stop at monasteries and cathedrals. The learned can proceed to go to a university found in larger European cities at the age of 14 or 15. In fact, the cap and gown that graduates wear upon graduation rites can be traced back to the academic garments back in the medieval period.