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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Fascinating study of how oral traditions in literacy and law shifted toward faith in the power and authority of the written word. He has also taught at the University of Glasgow, and is well known for his books, such as From Memory to Written Record ; tecord and expanded editions and Most users should sign in with their email address.

From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 – 1307

A fascinating book, if sometimes a bit dense and other times repetitive not within a chapter, but one chapter may repeat the same ideas as another. England -3rd Edition. Be the first to ask a question about From Memory to Written Record. Mar 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: Most users should sign in with their email address.

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

Sign In or Create an Account. The details about the technical side of writing are also fascinating, the preparation of writing materials the scraping of vellum, the stitching of threads across the page to act as guidelineshow books were written, the spread of the use of seals and of course forgeries.

It can be a bit dry in places, but it’s also filled with some great anecdotes and Clanchy is a good writer. Along with how different this article would be and the difference in impression and conveyance of meaning if I had written it by hand as opposed to typing perhaps the whole thing would have been clearer, who knows? My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Sep 12, Paul Callister rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: You could not be signed in. This is a a great book, highly recommended, although I will note here that I have only read the second edition and can’t vouch for any others, it is a fantastic point for exploring issues of literacy and oral cultures but also for seeing the medieval mindset in action. Article PDF first page preview. Sep 24, AskHistorians added it Shelves: The February-August length of time is mostly due to a lot of procrastinating where I let it sit in my “currently reading” making me feel guilty until I picked it up and actually started over in late July.


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

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Jonathan rated it really liked it Oct 16, By the end of the period for instance grants of property were invariably written down written recorded, just as they would be today – this was not however true of earlier times. This is a really nerdy book, in the best way possible. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Another nice thing is Clanchy’s reminder that literacy isn’t necessarily a mark of cultural superiority or improvement in education. No trivia or quizzes yet. Chris Coculuzzi rated tto really liked it Aug 14, Before moving to London inhe taught at the University of Glasgow. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This fascination stems from my musical background and the depth and breath of meaning and emotion that one attempts to portray by the written note.

Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – Much is missing from the page, trust me on that. From Memory to Written Record: Don’t have an account? Start reading From Memory to Written Record: It is fascinating, covering the rise of writing as historical record, the technology of writing so so fascinating.

Email alerts New issue alert. You could not be signed in. This extremely influential work is foundational for the current understanding of the role of writing in mediaeval western Europe. Feb 21, R.


Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Both the monks who saw forging Papal documents as the best and finest service to their saint and monastery and the Earl de Warrene who lacking a written charter for the lands his ancestors held since the conquest instead produced an antique sword saying ‘this is my warrant’ view spoiler [ ie referring to his ancestors role in the conquest of England, the sword proving victory in that trial of combat, writtwn the monks of Battle Abbey were to make a similar argument – that the physical existence of their abbey on the battlefield was proof of the donations of land and freedom from control by Bishops made to them by William I – in the legal system of the day this was felt to rfcord a winning argument, my Lords I rest my case hide spoiler ] or words to that effect in French but written in Latin in a gesture meaningful and acceptable in an oral culture but bizarre to a written one fill the pages of this of fascinating book.

Personally Clanchy’s book was a revelation to me because of the way he used sources.

Sign in via recore Institution Sign in. Share your thoughts with other customers. The only logical course of action in the face of the change of mentalities was forgery and as a result a good half of the known charters attributed to Edward the Confessor are forgeries. Apr 30, penny shima glanz rated it really liked it Shelves: Joan rated it really liked it Nov 15,