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From memory to written record, England 1066-1307

Author: M T Clanchy
Publisher: Oxford ; Cambridge, USA : Blackwell, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: The second edition of Michael Clanchy's widely-acclaimed study of the history of the written word in the Middle Ages is now, after a much lamented absence, republished in an entirely new and revised edition. The text of the original has been revised throughout to take account of the enormous amount of new research following publication of the first edition. The introduction discusses the history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M T Clanchy
ISBN: 0631178236 9780631178231 0631168575 9780631168577
OCLC Number: 26052470
Description: xviii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of plates --
Preface to the first edition --
Preface to the second edition --
List of abbreviations --
Introduction --
Being prejudiced in favour of literacy --
Medieval, renaissance, and reformation literacy --
England's place in medieval literacy --
Part I: Making Of Records --
1: Memories and myths of the Norman Conquest --
Anglo-Saxon uses of writing --
Uses of domesday book --
Edward I's 'Quo Warranto' proceedings and the Earl Warenne --
2: Proliferation of documents --
Documents at village level --
Chronology of charter making --
Output of royal documents --
Documents and bureaucracy --
Work of Hubert Walter --
Royal influence on other records --
3: Types of record --
Variety of writings --
Statements issued by individuals --
Memoranda kept by institutions --
Learned and literary works --
Liturgical books --
4: Technology of writing --
Scribe and his materials --
Wax, parchment, and wood --
Committing words to writing --
Layout and format --
Rolls or books? --
5: Preservation and use of documents --
Monastic documents for posterity --
Secular documents for daily use --
Archives and libraries --
Royal archives --
Ways of remembering --
Ways of indexing --
Part 2: Literate Mentality --
What reading meant --
6: Languages of record --
Walter of Bibbesworth's Treatise --
Variety of languages --
Spoken and written language --
Chronological development --
Writing down of French --
Royal documents in Latin, French, and English --
7: Literature and illiterate --
Meanings of 'Clericus' and 'Litteratus' --
Question of the literacy of the laity --
Knowledge of Latin among Non-churchmen --
Acquisition of clerical education --
Educated knights --
8: Hearing and seeing --
Symbolic objects and documents --
Spoken versus the written word --
Listening to the word --
Spoken word in legal procedure --
Writings as works of art --
Word and image --
9: Trusting writing --
Memory and writing --
Dating documents --
Signing documents --
Symbolism of seals and crosses --
Forging documents --
10: Practical literacy --
Further reading on the history of literacy --
Literacy in history in general --
Readers and writers in medieval Europe --
Methods of writing and making books in Medieval Europe --
Readers and writers in Medieval England --
Records and manuscript-making in Medieval England --
Plates --
Index.
Responsibility: M.T. Clanchy.

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