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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. Key topics discussed include law and the use of the written word, the economic and social status of the book in Carolingian society and the whole question of lay literacy.
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"Scholars will find this book an essential reference book for questions of medieval European literacy. It is invaluable in its wealth of information about manuscripts, scribes, monastic patrons, Carolingian nobility, and lay owners of books." Marsha L. Dutton, Hanover College, in The Library Quarterly
"McKitterick has written an important book which more than repays careful study. She has opened areas for examination which will be expanded, and those topics which she has neglected -- inscriptions are a good example, which she notes -- will be developed. Her fine manuscript index is very helpful.... McKitterick's work makes a contribution to current historical debate far in excess of its intended compass." Bernard S. Bachrach, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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 élite, but was dispersed in lay society and used for government and administration, and for ordinary legal transactions among the peoples of the Frankish kingdom. While exploiting a huge range of primary material, Professor McKitterick 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. Key topics discussed include law and the use of the written word, the conduct and record of legal transactions, the economic and social status of the book in Carolingian society, the methods evolved to organize and define written knowledge, and the whole question of lay literacy.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, 1989. Zustand: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. No dust jacket. , 550grams, ISBN:052130539X. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 6675272
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1989. Hardcover. Zustand: Good. XVI + 290pp. Hardcover with d-j in good condition. Light scuffing and fading to d-j; d-j wrapped in new mylar. Pencil notations to front endpaper. Tanning to pages. Ghost stamps to front endpaper and title page. Underlining and pencil notations to text. Sound binding. Shipped in cardboard box or padded envelope within 1 business day of order. Tracking number provided. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 186863
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Zustand: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 052130539X