Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages

Overview

Rollo's highly specialised analysis examines the spread of literacy and the relationship between vernacular and latin literature in 12th-century Europe. He focuses on how secular and clerical writers used magic as a metaphor for writing and examines the literary devices and works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, John of Salisbury, William Fitzstephen, Richard FitzNigel, Benoit de Sainte-Maure and Gerald of Wales. Extracts include English translations.
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Overview

Rollo's highly specialised analysis examines the spread of literacy and the relationship between vernacular and latin literature in 12th-century Europe. He focuses on how secular and clerical writers used magic as a metaphor for writing and examines the literary devices and works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, John of Salisbury, William Fitzstephen, Richard FitzNigel, Benoit de Sainte-Maure and Gerald of Wales. Extracts include English translations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816635474
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Medieval Cultures Series
  • Pages: 231

Meet the Author

David Rollo is associate professor of English, with a joint appointment in the Department of French and Italian, at the University of Southern California. He is the author of two books, most recently of Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages.

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