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    On the material culture of legal documents: charters and their preservation in the Cluny archive, ninth to eleventh centuries

    Innes, Matthew (2012) On the material culture of legal documents: charters and their preservation in the Cluny archive, ninth to eleventh centuries. In: Brown, W. and Costambeys, M. and Innes, Matthew and Kosto, A. (eds.) Documentary Culture and The Laity In The Early Middle Ages. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 283-320. ISBN 9781107025295.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Many more documents survive from the early Middle Ages than from the Roman Empire. Although ecclesiastical archives may account for the dramatic increase in the number of surviving documents, this new investigation reveals the scale and spread of documentary culture beyond the Church. The contributors explore the nature of the surviving documentation without preconceptions to show that we cannot infer changing documentary practices from patterns of survival. Throughout Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages – from North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Francia and Spain to Anglo-Saxon England – people at all social levels, whether laity or clergy, landowners or tenants, farmers or royal functionaries, needed, used and kept documents. The story of documentary culture in the early medieval world emerges not as one of its capture by the Church, but rather of a response adopted by those who needed documents, as they reacted to a changing legal, social and institutional landscape.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 11:02
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 12:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6929

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