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Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies : Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature - Huw Pryce

Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

By: Huw Pryce (Editor)

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Published: 13th February 1998
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This collection of studies examines the use of the written word in Celtic-speaking regions of Europe between c. 400 and c. 1500. Building on previous work as well as presenting the fruits of much new research, the book seeks to highlight the interest and importance of Celtic uses of literacy for the study of both medieval literacy generally and of the history and cultures of the Celtic countries in the middle ages. Among the topics discussed are the uses and significance of charter-writing, the interplay of oral and literate modes in the composition and transmission of medieval Irish and Welsh genealogies, prose narratives and poetry, the survival of Celtic culture in Brittany and of Gaelic literacy in eastern Scotland in the twelfth century, and pragmatic uses of literacy in later medieval Wales.

'Overall the collection deserves to be consulted by non-Celtics and not merely read within its own little academic ghetto. This is a set of meticulously evidence-based studies, with an excellent bibliography: the author's insights into matters such as the social context of literacy, charters, genealogy, and gender should be of interest to medievalists whose areas of special concern lie elsewhere.' Early Medieval Europe

Acknowledgements
Introduction Huw Pryce
The uses of literacy in early medieval Wales Patrick
Literacy in Pictland
The context and uses of literacy in early Christian Ireland
Orality, literacy and genealogy in early medieval Ireland and Wales
Charter-writing and its uses in early medieval Celtic societies
The context and uses of the Latin charter in twelfth-century Ireland Marie
Written text as performance - the implications for Middle Welsh prose narratives
More written about than writing? Welsh women and the written word Ceridwen Lloyd
Celtic literary tradition and the development of a feudal principality in Brittany NoTl
Gaelic literacy in eastern Scotland between 1124 and 1249
Inkhorn and spectacles: the impact of literacy in late medieval Wales Llinos
'This my act and deed': the writing of private deeds in late medieval north
Literacy and the Irish bards Katherine Simms
List of works cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780521570398
ISBN-10: 0521570395
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 13th February 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.63