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Title:
From memory to written record, England 1066-1307
Author:
Clanchy, M. T.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; Cambridge, USA : Blackwell, 1998.

©1993
Physical Description:
xviii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780631178231

9780631168577
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 of literacy up to the present day; the guide to further reading brings together over 300 new titles up to 1992. In this second edition there are substantially new sections on bureaucracy, sacred books, writing materials, the art of memory, ways of reading (particularly for women), the writing of French, and the relationship of script, imagery and seals. Publication of the new edition also represents the book's first appearance in the United States in paperback.


Summary

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 of literacy up to the present day; the guide to further reading brings together over 300 new titles up to 1992. In this second edition there are substantially new sections on bureaucracy, sacred books, writing materials, the art of memory, ways of reading (particularly for women), the writing of French, and the relationship of script, imagery and seals.


Author Notes

Michael Clancy taught Medieval History at Glasgow University 1964-85. He now researches at London University at the Institute of Historical Research, University Vollege London, and the Warburg Institute. He is the author of the popular textbook England and its Rulers 1066-1272, and Abelard-A Medieval Life.


Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Part I The Making of Records
1 Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest
2 The Proliferation of Documents
3 Types of Record
4 The Technology of Writing
5 The Preservation and Use of Documents
Part II The Literate Mentality
6 Languages of Record
7 Literate and Illiterate
8 Hearing and Seeing
9 Trusting and Writing
10 Practical Literacy
Plates
Index

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