From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 - 1307

From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 - 1307

by M. T. Clanchy
     
 

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This seminal work of scholarship, which traces the development of literacy in medieval England, is now fully updated in a third edition.

  • This book serves as an introduction to medieval books and documents for graduate students throughout the world
  • Features a completely re-written first chapter, ‘Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest'

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Overview

This seminal work of scholarship, which traces the development of literacy in medieval England, is now fully updated in a third edition.

  • This book serves as an introduction to medieval books and documents for graduate students throughout the world
  • Features a completely re-written first chapter, ‘Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest', and a new postscript by the author reflecting on the reception to the original publication and discussing recent scholarship on medieval literacy
  • Includes a revised guide to further reading and a revision of the plates which illustrate medieval manuscripts in detail

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
When Michael Clanchy’s book From Memory to Written Record was first published in 1979, it was the most important book on English Royal administration in the middle ages that had appeared in a general…. The second edition takes full cognizance of the extensive literature on the subject of morality and literacy, which has been one of the half dozen most discussed aspects of the medieval European world during the past two decades. Clanchy has significantly deepened and enriched his classic study. It is indispensable for not only political, legal and socialhistorians, but also for students of medieval literature and religion. From Memory to Written Record is one of those seminal works that shape the direction of the next generation of historical and social thought. This second edition will remain of the major works on the medieval world for many decades to come. Norman F. Cantor, New York University

Reviews of the first edition:
"A tour-de-force, a scholarly work which is genuinely hard to put down, and which breaks new ground in its approach." Journal of Legal History

"Thought-provoking and wide-ranging . . . one can assert confidently that it is one of the most exciting books on medieval English history to appear in recent years." History

"Many familiar assumptions about the medieval world will have to be reconsidered in the light of this book. It is impossible to convey its range or the variety of its implications, but it is possible to insist on its importance." History Today

"Clanchy's work will stand as a remarkable piece of scholarship and as a massive contribution to our understanding of the medieval world." Journal of Library History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118295984
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
2 MB

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‘After nearly four decades in print this monument of twentieth-century historiography has lost none of its imaginative and rhetorical power. Imbued with human insight and unrivalled in its deep understanding of the record- and narrative sources of post-Conquest England, Professor Clanchy’s book continues to educate, inspire, and challenge its many readers. The third edition brings the volume up to date for a new generation and will be welcomed by teachers and researchers across and beyond the Anglophone world.’—Julia Crick, King’s College London

From Memory to Written Record is half an invaluable handbook of sources – still without any modern competition – and half an imaginative investigation of the complex mix of surviving oral modes and the way they coexist with and are transformed by the written word.  Enjoy and learn!’—Paul R. Hymns, Cornell University

"In 1979, Clanchy's From Memory to Written Record launched an entirely new field of enquiry. Taking full account of the wealth of new research it stimulated, this third edition will be equally indispensable to the next generation of students and teachers.’—Julia M H Smith, University of Glasgow

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