Carolingians and the Written Word

ISBN-10: 0521315654
ISBN-13: 9780521315654
Edition: 1989
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/29/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This pioneering book studies the function and status of the written word in Carolingian society in France and Germany in the eighth and ninth centuries. It demonstrates that literacy was by no means confined to a clerical lite, but was dispersed in lay society and used for government and administration, as well as for ordinary legal transactions among the peoples of the Frankish kingdom. While employing a huge range of primary material, the author does not confine herself to a functional analysis of the written word in Carolingian northern Europe but goes on to assess the consequences and implications of literacy for the Franks themselves and for the subsequent development of European society after 1000.

Rosamond McKitterick holds the Chair in Medieval History in the University of Cambridge and is Vice-Master of Sidney Sussex College. Her books include The Carolingians and the Written Word (1989), History and Memory in the Carolingian World (2004), Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006), Charlemagne: The Formation of a European Identity (2008) and Old Saint Peter's, Rome (edited with J. Osborne, C. Richardson and J. Story, 2013), and she has lectured and given seminars in many universities in Britain, Continental Europe, North America and Australia. She is a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in 2010 she was awarded the Dr A. H. Heineken International Prize for History. Her current work within the field of the early medieval history of Europe focuses on a people's (re)construction, knowledge and use of the past, especially the Roman past. Latterly this has also taken her into study of the historical and cultural context and implications of early medieval glossaries.

List of maps and tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
The spoken and the written word
law and the written word
A literate community: the evidence of the charters
The production and possession of books: an economic dimension
The organization of written knowledge
The literacy of the laity
Epilogue
Index of manuscripts
General index

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