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From Memory to Written Record: England – Michael Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Historyat the Institute of Historical. : From Memory to Written Record: England – ( ): Michael T. Clanchy: Books. CLANCHY, From Memory to Written Record: England, –

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From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 – 1307

From a tradition of trusting the memories of sage witnesses as well as physical signs and seals to a new world of having proof of property be dependent on pieces of paper was as complex and transformative as our modern shift from written record to internet technology. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Geert Claassens rated it it was amazing Jan 28, For permissions, please e-mail: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition September 11, Language: And though the book is very dry and labyrinthine certainly not a casual readit is illuminative for anyone wishing to delve deeply into a specific historical period and unpack one Clanchy’s book abounds with the sorts of explanations and challenges to contemporary assumptions about literacy in the middle ages that make for a fascinating read.


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From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 – 1307, 3rd Edition

Reviews of the first edition: Given the lack of detail in this review, perhaps it is time for me to reread this book. Much is missing from the page, trust me on that.

Sep 24, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Memories and Myths of the Norman. A Medieval Life Clanchy Snippet view – A Medieval Life Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Sharonjanelle rated it liked it Jan 27, Note that I read the older edition and don’t know where his conclusions have changed.

From Memory to Written Record: England – – M. T. Clanchy – Google Books

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He explores the differences between “seeing” and “hearing” texts historically and discusses the issue of trust as it relates to this. Sign In or Create an Account. Another nice thing is Clanchy’s reminder that literacy isn’t necessarily a mark of cultural superiority or improvement in education. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.


User Review – Flag as inappropriate You want a review of the book? Sign In or Create an Account. The gist of the argument suggests that as the English government came to increasingly utilize written documentation to rule – Clanchy suggests documentation increased tenfold during the 12th and 13th centuries – it became in the practical interest of an increasingly big circle of people to become familiar with written culture.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. The book is a wonder of scholarship illustrating the English transition from an oral society recodr a documented.

Read more Read less. The social elite spoke French, the third estate spoke English, or Welsh, or Flemish, but the language of record was invariably Latin. The Sovereign, the Governor-General, the Crown.