Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comite International de Paleographie Latine

Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comite International de Paleographie Latine

by P.R. Robinson (Editor)

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Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comite International de Paleographie Latine by P.R. Robinson

The capacity to read and write are different abilities, yet while studies of medieval readers and reading have proliferated in recent years, there has so far been little examination of how people learnt to write in the middle ages - an aspect of literacy which this volume aims to address. The papers published here discuss evidence adduced from the "a sgraffio" writing of Ancient Rome, through the attempts of scribes to model their handwriting after that of the master-scribe in a disciplined scriptorium, to the repeated copying of set phrases in a Florentine merchant's day book. They show how a careful study of handwriting witnesses the reception of the twenty-three letter Latin alphabet in different countries of medieval Europe, and its necessary adaptation to represent vernacular sounds. Monastic customaries provide evidence of teaching and learning in early scriptoria, while an investigation of the grammarians is a reminder that for the medieval scholar learning to write did not mean simply mastering the skill of holding a quill and forming one's letters properly, but also mastering a correct understanding of grammar and punctuation. Other essays consider the European reception of the so-called Arabic numbers, provide an edition of a fifteenth-century tract on how to use abbreviations correctly, and illustrate how images of writing on wax tablets and learning in school can throw light on medieval practice. The volume concludes with a paper on the ways in which a sixteenth-century amateur theologican deployed Latin, Greek and Hebrew alphabets.

P.R. Robinson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

Contributors: Paolo Fioretti, David Ganz, Martin Steinman, Patrizia Carmassi, Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Annina Seiler, Alessandro Zironi, Jerzy Kaliszuk, Aslaug Ommundsen, Erik Niblaeus, Gudvardur Már Gunnlaugsson, Cristina Mantegna, Irene Ceccherini, Jesús Alturo, Carmen del Camino Martinez, Maria do Rosário Barbosa Morujao, Charles Burnett, Olaf Pluta, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Alison Stones, Berthold Kress

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780953983858
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Series: Kings College London Medieval Studies (KCLMS) Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Pamela Robinson

Ink writing and 'A sgraffio' writing in Ancient Rome: from learning to practical use - Paolo Fioretti

Risk and fluidity in script: an Insular instance - David Ganz

Lesen und Schreiben in den Klöstern des frühen Mittelalters - Martin Steinmann

Litterae e scrittura nell'insegnamento della Grammatica in età altomedievale: premesse teoretiche e aspetti practici - Patrizia Carmassi

A School for Scribes - Aliza Cohen-Mushlin

Latinis regulis barbara nomina stringi non possunt, or how to write the vernacular - Annina Seiler

Reading and writing Gothic in the Carolingian Age - Alessandro Zironi

Latin script and the vernacular text in the Middle Ages: the case of Poland in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries - Jerzy Kaliszuk

The first Norwegian scribes and their teachers - Åslaug Ommundsen

Learning to write in southern Sweden: liturgical fragments and the creation of the culture of the book - Erik Niblaeus

Reading and writing in medieval Iceland - Gudvardur Már Gunnlaugsson

Scritture di practici, scritture di giuristi, scritture di dotti: 'scuole' ed esperienze grafiche a confronto - Cristina Mantegna

Teaching, function and social diffusion of writing in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Florence - Irene Ceccherini

L'enseignement et l'apprentissage de l'ecriture en Catalogne au Moyen Age - Jesús Alturo

Aprendizaje y modelos gráficos: entre el ámbito profesional y el privado - Carmen del Camino Martínez

Apprendre à écrire dans le Portugal médiéval. Bilan des connaissances - Maria do Rosário Morujao

Learning to write numerals in the Middle Ages - Charles Burnett

Quaedam regulae de modo titulandi seu apificandi pro novellis scriptoribus copulatae: a late-medieval tutorial for novice scribes - Olaf Pluta

'Written with the Finger of God': fourteenth-century images of scribal practice in the Lichtenthal Psalter -

The Valenciennes Papias and Learning in the grammar school in thirteenth-century France - Alison Stones

From elementary school to divine revelation: the alphabets of Paul Lautensack - Berthold Kress

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