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New Approaches to Medieval Communication

M. Mostert (ed.)
VIII+318 p., incl. 14 ills. (12 in colour), 1 map, and bibliography of 1580 items, 155 x 240 mm, 1999
ISBN: 978-2-503-50814-6
Languages: English
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.USML-EB.6.09070802050003050008010406

This publication considers writing and written culture against the background of all forms of communication available to a given medieval society, both in western and east-central Europe.

A textbook for studying this field and an introduction to current research. It is written in accessible language for non-specialists. The volume has three sections: introductions by two of the leading exponents worldwide: Michael Clanchy and Marco Mostert; a series of essays by members of the Utrecht 'Pionierproject Verschriftelijking' which consider writing and written culture against the background of all forms of communication available to a given medieval society, both in western and east-central Europe; and a comprehensive bibliography on the subject, comprising 1500 titles which will serve as a fundamental starting-point for work in this field. Contributions include: Part 1: Michael Clanchy, 'Introduction'; Marco Mostert, 'New approaches to medieval communication?'; Part 2: Wolfert S. van Egmond, 'The intended audience of early medieval hagiographical texts'; Mary Garrison, 'Letters of excuse as evidence for literacy and communication'; Karl Heidecker, 'Communication by written texts in court cases. Some charter evidence (ca. 800 - ca. 1100); Mariëlle Hageman, 'Between the imperial and the sacred: the gesture of coronation in Carolingian and Ottonian images'; Anna Adamska, 'The introduction of writing in Central Europe (Poland, Hungary and Bohemia); Part 3: Marco Mostert, 'A bibliography of works on medieval communication'.
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Literacy
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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