Uses of the Written Word in Medieval Towns: Medieval Urban Literacy II (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy)

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In medieval towns, examples of personal writing appear more prevalent than in non-urban spaces. Certain urban milieus participating in written culture, however, have been the focus of more scholarship than others. Considering the variety among town dwellers, we may assume that literacy skills differed from one social group to another. This raises several questions: Did attitudes towards the written word result from an experience of the urban educational system? On which levels, and in which registers, did different groups of people have access to writing? The need and the usefulness of written texts may not have been the same for communities and for individuals. In this volume we will concentrate on the town dwellers personal documents. These documents include practical uses of writing by individuals for their own professional and religious ends, including testaments and correspondence. Besides written records belonging to the domain of 'pragmatic literacy', other kinds of texts were also produced in town. Was there any connection between practical literacy, literary (and historical) creativity and book production?

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"...[this volume] represent[s] a remarkable achievement, offering readers a sense of the state of the question regarding important aspects of urban literacy across a vast swath of Europe over a period of three centuries. These essays will be particularly helpful to specialists in medieval history who do not otherwise have access to scholarship in Dutch, Hungarian, and Polish, as well as the Scandinavian languages." --David Bachrach, The Medieval Review

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