Pragmatic Literacy, East and West, 1200-1330

Pragmatic Literacy, East and West, 1200-1330

Edited by Richard Britnell

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Overview

Overview

Studies of the uses of literacy for the exercise of political and economic power, in Latin Christendom and the wider world.
This pioneering collection of studies is concerned with the way in which increasing literacy interacted with the desire of thirteenth-century rulers to keep fuller records of their government's activities, and the manner in which this literacy could be used to safeguard or increase authority. In Europe the keeping of archives became an increasingly normal part of everyday administrative routines, and much has survived, owing to the prolonged preference for parchment rather than paper; in the Eastern civilisations material is more scarce. Papers discuss pragmatic literacy and record keeping in both West and East, through the medium of both literary and official texts.

Professor RICHARD BRITNELL teaches in the Department of History at the University of Durham.

Contributors: RICHARD BRITNELL, THOMAS BEHRMANN, MANUEL RIU, OLIVER GUYOTJEANNIN, GÉRARD SIVÉRY, MANFRED GROTEN, MICHAEL NORTH, MICHAEL PRESTWICH, PAUL HARVEY, GEOFFREY MARTIN, GEOFFREY BARROW, ROBERT SWANSON, NICHOLAS OIKONOMIDES, ELIZABETH ZACHARIADOU, I.H. SIDDIQUI, TIMOTHY BROOK, YOSHIYASU KAWANE

Details

March 1997
5 black and white illustrations
274 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156958
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

`Sources in Local Town Archives for the Legal, Social and Economic History of Catalonia, c.1220-1330'. -
`French Manuscript Sources, 1250-1330'. -
`The Pattern of Non-Literary Manuscript Production and Survival in Scotland, 1250-1330'. -
Pragmatic literacy in Latin Christendom - Richard H Britnell
The development of pragmatic literacy in the Lombard city communes - T Behrmann
Sources on local town archives for the legal, social and economic history of Catalonia, c.1220-1330 - Manuel Riu
French manuscript sources, 1250-1330 - Oliver Guyot Jeannin
Non-literary sources in the B series of the archives of the department of Lille for the period 1250-1330 - G. Sivery
Civic record keeping in Cologne 1250-1330 - M. Groten
The records of Lubeck and Hamburg, c.1250-1330 - Michael North
English government records, 1250-1330 -
English estate records, 1250-1330 - Paul D A Harvey
English town records, 1250-1330 - G Martin
The pattern of non-literary manuscript production and survival in Scotland, 1250-1330 - G W S Barrow
Universis Christi Fidelibus: the Church and its records - Robert N Swanson
Pragmatic literacy beyond Latin Christendom - Richard H Britnell
Byzantine archives of the Palaiologan period, 1258-1453 - Nicholas Oikonomides
Records of the Turkish Anatolian States, c.1250-1330 - E.A. Zachariadou
Records of the Sultanate of Delhi, 1206-1330 - I.H. Siddiqui
Records and record-keeping in Yuan China - Richard H Britnell
Native identity under alien rule: local gazetteers of the Yuan dynasty - Tim Brook
The formalisation of testimonials of valour in medieval Japan - Yoshiyasu Kawane

Reviews

An ambitious contribution to a very important subject. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Stimulating new perspectives... and fresh insights on a topic of central significance to an understanding of the middle ages in Europe and beyond. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS

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