Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies

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This collection examines the significance of the ways in which writing was used in the Celtic countries between c.400 and c.1500. It is concerned with the amount and types of material committed to writing as well as with the social groups which promoted the use of literacy and had access to its products. Presenting the fruits of much new research, the book is intended as a contribution to the study both of medieval literacy generally and of the history and cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany in the ...
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Overview

This collection examines the significance of the ways in which writing was used in the Celtic countries between c.400 and c.1500. It is concerned with the amount and types of material committed to writing as well as with the social groups which promoted the use of literacy and had access to its products. Presenting the fruits of much new research, the book is intended as a contribution to the study both of medieval literacy generally and of the history and cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany in the middle ages.
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"This is an exceptionally strong collection of essays." Robin Stacey, The Medieval Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521025331
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #33
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and maps
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The uses of writing in early medieval Wales 15
2 Literacy in Pictland 39
3 The context and uses of literacy in early Christian Ireland 62
4 Orality, literacy and genealogy in early medieval Ireland and Wales 83
5 Charter-writing and its uses in early medieval Celtic societies 99
6 The context and uses of the Latin charter in twelfth-century Ireland 113
7 Written text as performance: the implications for Middle Welsh prose narratives 133
8 More written about than writing? Welsh women and the written word 149
9 Celtic literary tradition and the development of a feudal principality in Brittany 166
10 Gaelic literacy in eastern Scotland between 1124 and 1249 183
11 Inkhorn and spectacles: the impact of literacy in late medieval Wales 202
12 'This my act and deed': the writing of private deeds in late medieval north Wales 223
13 Literacy and the Irish bards 238
List of works cited 259
Index 289
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