The Carolingians and the Written Word

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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 élite, 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.
 

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Great for Medievalists. You'll find overview of scholarly debates and references to the primary sources. Handy.

Contents

VII
1
VIII
7
IX
23
X
25
XI
37
XII
40
XIII
60
XIV
77
XXVI
148
XXVII
155
XXVIII
157
XXIX
165
XXX
166
XXXI
169
XXXII
178
XXXIII
196

XV
79
XVI
81
XVII
83
XVIII
85
XIX
90
XX
98
XXI
115
XXII
126
XXIII
135
XXV
138
XXXIV
211
XXXV
212
XXXVI
227
XXXVII
244
XXXVIII
266
XXXIX
271
XLI
275
XLII
281
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