From Memory to Written Record: England – Michael Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Historyat the Institute of Historical. : From Memory to Written Record: England – ( ): Michael T. Clanchy: Books. CLANCHY, From Memory to Written Record: England, –

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The Proliferation of Documents. Read an Excerpt Excerpt 1: From Memory to Written Record: This seminal work of scholarship, which traces the developmentof literacy in medieval England, is now fully updated in a thirdedition.

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It is fascinating, covering the rise of writing as historical record, the technology of writing so so fascinating. Get to Know Us. Clanchy Snippet view – He has also updated the furtherreading section and revised the references to take account ofrecent publications.

A Medieval Life Showing of 4 reviews. Amazon Second Xlanchy Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Eminently readble and a must for anyone interested in English society after fo Conquest. And the End of Civilization.

A fascinating book, if sometimes a bit dense and other times repetitive not within a chapter, but one chapter may repeat the same fecord as another. Reviews of the first edition: Although as far as can be told from the last surviving versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle wrtten literary Old English based on a West Saxon dialect seems to have been diverging from other varieties of English by the end of the Saxon period.

England was a slightly unusual case as an English literate culture had existed prior tothis was not the case for much of Europe where Latin dominated. Add both to Cart Add both to List. In the second half of the book, he explains the different use-contexts of the three main languages French, English and Latin and explained with “literate” and “illiterate” meant during the time.


It is impossible to convey its range or the variety of its implications, but it is possible to insist on its importance. Clanchy Snippet view – I assume the reason for the deletion of this extremely useful section was either that the author, who retired a number of years ago, decided that the reader would be better served by turning to the bibliographies of the more recent literature he cites in the further reading section of the third edition, or probably less likely that the publisher didn’t want to pay for the several extra pages a more extensive bibliography would have taken up.

Contents Preface to the Second Edition. But if you let this slide, if you just accept it, the book is full of fabulous details such as the sorts of objects that passed for evidence before records and seals; like the fact that even though literate in a modern sense people of the middle ages still read the records out loud because it was believed it could be absorbed better than from simply reading silently to one’s self.

Buy the selected items together This item: And though the book is very dry and labyrinthine certainly not a casual readit is illuminative for anyone wishing to delve deeply into a specific historical period and unpack one specific and transformative element of that time. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this second edition there are substantially new sections on bureaucracy, sacred books, writing materials, the art of memory, ways of reading particularly for womenthe writing of French, and the relationship of script, imagery and seals.

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Zwan P rated it it was amazing Mar 16, As a former teacher and lazy academic, I’ve never understood the reluctance to speak plainly when more complex syntax isn’t called for and it almost never is.

Account Options Sign in. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Along with how different this article would be and the difference in impression and conveyance of meaning if I had written it by hand as opposed to typing perhaps the whole thing would have been clearer, who knows?

Rowswell – LibraryThing Invaluable to the Researcher. I do understand these possible rationales, but just wanted to mention the issue, since it does mean that the scholar will, if he or she decides to buy just the third edition, have to either consult the second or do a fair amount more extra research to learn about the scholarly literature cited in the second.

Michael Clanchy’s widely-acclaimed study of the history of thewritten word in the Middle Ages remains a classic work in medievalstudies.

From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 – 1307, 3rd Edition

frpm If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? So strong is the book’s reputation that the author has been allowed to thoroughly revise and reissue it twice, something publishers tend only to do with the very most important books in their field. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.