From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 - 1307, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/1993
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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.

Author Biography

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
The Making of Records
Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest
The Proliferation of Documents
Types of Record
The Technology of Writing
The Preservation and Use of Documents
The Literate Mentality
Languages of Record
Literate and Illiterate
Hearing and Seeing
Trusting and Writing
Practical Literacy
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