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The Carolingians and the Written Word

The Carolingians and the Written Word
Author: Rosamond McKitterick
ISBN 13: 9780521315654
ISBN 10: 521315654
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1989-07-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
List Price: $44.99

This pioneering book studies the function and status of the written word in Carolingian society in France and Germany in the eighth and ninth centuries. It demonstrates that literacy was by no means confined to a clerical élite, but was dispersed in lay society and used for government and administration, as well as for ordinary legal transactions among the peoples of the Frankish kingdom. While employing a huge range of primary material, the author does not confine herself to a functional analysis of the written word in Carolingian northern Europe but goes on to assess the consequences and implications of literacy for the Franks themselves and for the subsequent development of European society after