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From memory to written record : England, 1066-1307

Author: M T Clanchy
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats

The third edition of From Memory to Written Record is a thorough update of this scholarly classic. Written for students and scholars of medieval history, it traces the development of literacy in  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T Clanchy
ISBN: 9781405157919 1405157917
OCLC Number: 775406285
Description: xiii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: List of Plates viii Preface to the First Edition ix Preface to the Second Edition xi Preface to the Third Edition xii Introduction 1 Being Prejudiced in Favour of Literacy 7 Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Literacy 11 England's Place in Medieval Literacy 16 Part I TheMaking of Records 21 1 Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest 23 The Formation of a Norman Official Memory 26 The Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Literacy 30 Latin and the Language of Domesday Book 35 William the Conqueror s Symbolic Knife 38 The EarlWarenne s Rusty Sword 41 2 The Proliferation of Documents 46 Documents at Village Level 48 The Chronology of Charter Making 54 The Output of Royal Documents 58 Documents and Bureaucracy 64 TheWork of HubertWalter 70 Royal Influence on Other Records 75 Appendix 80 3 Types of Record 83 The Variety ofWritings 83 Statements Issued by Individuals 87 Memoranda Kept by Institutions 94 Learned and LiteraryWorks 106 Liturgical Books 111 4 The Technology ofWriting 116 The Scribe and His Materials 117 Wax, Parchment, andWood 120 CommittingWords toWriting 127 Layout and Format 134 Rolls or Books? 137 5 The Preservation and Use of Documents 147 Monastic Documents for Posterity 148 Secular Documents for Daily Use 151 Archives and Libraries 156 The Royal Archives 164 Ways of Remembering 174 Ways of Indexing 179 Part II The LiterateMentality 187 What Reading Meant 192 6 Languages of Record 199 Walter of Bibbesworth s Treatise 199 The Variety of Languages 202 Spoken andWritten Language 208 Chronological Development 213 TheWriting Down of French 217 Royal Documents in Latin, French, and English 222 7 Literate and Illiterate 226 Meanings of 'Clericus' and 'Litteratus' 228 The Question of the Literacy of the Laity 233 Knowledge of Latin Among Non-Churchmen 236 The Acquisition of Clerical Education 242 Educated Knights 248 8 Hearing and Seeing 255 Symbolic Objects and Documents 256 The Spoken Versus theWrittenWord 262 Listening to theWord 268 The SpokenWord in Legal Procedure 274 Writings asWorks of Art 280 Word and Image 285 9 TrustingWriting 295 Memory andWriting 296 Dating Documents 300 Signing Documents 305 The Symbolism of Seals and Crosses 309 Forging Documents 318 10 Pragmatic Literacy 329 Postscript by the Author 336 List of Abbreviations 344 Select Further Reading 352 Plates 356 Index 396
Responsibility: M.T. Clanchy.
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Reviews of the first edition: "A tour-de-force, a scholarly work which is genuinely hard to put down, and which breaks new ground in its approach." Journal of Legal History "Thought-provoking and Read more...

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