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Carolingians and the Written Word (Rosamond McKitterick) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1989) 9780521315654
Carolingians and the Written Word (Rosamond McKitterick) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1989) 9780521315654
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Title: The Carolingians and the Written Word

Author: McKitterick, Rosamond

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1989

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521315654

Volumes: 1; Pages: 308

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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. It demonstrates that literacy was by no means confined to a clerical lite, but was dispersed in lay society and used for government and administration, as well as for ordinary legal transactions among the peoples of the Frankish kingdom. While employing a huge range of primary material, the author 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.ContentsList of maps and tablesPrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. The spoken and the written word2. law and the written word3. A literate community: the evidence of the charters4. The production and possession of books: an economic dimension5. The organization of written knowledge6. The literacy of the laityEpilogueIndex of manuscriptsGeneral index
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