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Publication Date: 2012
This seminal work of scholarship, which traces the developmentof literacy in medieval England, is now fully updated in a thirdedition.
- This book serves as an introduction to medieval books anddocuments for graduate students throughout the world
- Features a completely re-written first chapter, ‘Memoriesand Myths of the Norman Conquest', and a new postscript by theauthor reflecting on the reception to the original publication anddiscussing recent scholarship on medieval literacy
- Includes a revised guide to further reading and a revision ofthe plates which illustrate medieval manuscripts in detail
Michael Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Historyat the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, anda Fellow of the British Academy. In the 1990s he heldinterdisciplinary seminars on the significance of literacy atUniversity College London, the Warburg Institute, and the Instituteof Historical Research. Before moving to London in 1985, he taughtat the University of Glasgow. He is the author of the populartextbook England and its Rulers1066–1307 (third edition, 2006), andAbelard: A Medieval Life (1997).
"A tour-de-force, a scholarly work which is genuinely hard to putdown, and which breaks new ground in its approach." Journal ofLegal History
"Thought-provoking and wide-ranging . . . one can assertconfidently that it is one of the most exciting books on medievalEnglish history to appear in recent years." History
"Many familiar assumptions about the medieval world will have tobe reconsidered in the light of this book. It is impossible toconvey its range or the variety of its implications, but it ispossible to insist on its importance." HistoryToday
"Clanchy's work will stand as a remarkable piece of scholarshipand as a massive contribution to our understanding of the medievalworld." Journal of Library History
Reviews of the second edition:
"Just as 'From Memory to Written Record' was the touchstone forthe revolution in the study of medieval literacy and power in the1980s, the second edition will be a sustaining forece in thecontinuing revolution of the 1990s'. " Patrick J Geary, Universityof Notre Dame
"'From Memory to Written Record' is one of the those seminalworks that shape the direction of the next generation of historicaland social thought. This second edition will remain one of themajor works on the medieval world for many decades to come." NormanF Cantor, Late of New York University
Michael Clanchy's widely-acclaimed study of the history of thewritten word in the Middle Ages remains a classic work in medievalstudies. In this third edition Professor Clanchy presents hislatest thinking on the subject in a new introduction coveringrecent work on literacy studies. He has also updated the furtherreading section and revised the references to take account ofrecent publications. These changes preserve the coherence of theoriginal argument whilst also ensuring the book remains current fora new generation of scholars and students.