After a short summary of the most recent studies on seminars, this essay considers the Tuscan case focusing on a specific historical period: that one of the Napoleonic domination at the beginning of the Nineteenth century. Starting from the researches for the atlas of the educational institutions in Italy, the first part of this text recreates a sort of ‘picture’ of the development of the seminars from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth centuries. Then, focusing on the documents produced by the three departments in which the Napoleonic Tuscany was divided, this essay analyzes the attempt made to re-organize the institutions for the education of the clergy, trying to approach them to the French model and imposing the public control. This attempt was weakened by the strong influence of the ancient way of organization of the ecclesiastical education and by the few years available for carrying out this reform.
Seminars – Clergy - Napoleonic era - Tuscany