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History and the Written Word

Documents, Literacy, and Language in the Age of the Angevins

Drawing on the perspectives of modern and medieval narratology, medieval multilingualism, and cultural memory, History and the Written Word argues that members of an administrative elite demonstrated their mastery of the rules of literate political behavior by producing and consuming history-writing and its documents.

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Henry Bainton is Honorary Fellow in the Department of English and Related literature at the University of York and teaches English literature in the Department for English, Germanic, and Romance Studies at the University of Cophenhagen.


"Offering fresh insights and deftly incorporating a wide selection of apt modern scholarship and theory, History and the Written Word leads us to talk about the deep issues of collective identity and state formation."—Nancy Partner, McGill University

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