From Memory to Written Record, England, 1066-1307

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Harvard University Press, 1979 - History - 330 pages
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A seminal work on mediaeval written documents in the context of the development of literacy in mediaeval England. This extremely influential work is foundational for the current understanding of the role of writing in mediaeval western Europe. Read full review

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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. The evidence of extant records have ... Read full review


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M. T. Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He taught at the University of Glasgow 1964-85. He is the author of "From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307" (Blackwell second edition, 1993) and "Abelard: A Medieval Life" (Blackwell, 1997). He is the editor (with Betty Radice) of "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise" (Penguin Classics, 2003).

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