Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comité International De Paléographie Latine Held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London 2-5 September 2008

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comité International De Paléographie Latine Held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London 2-5 September 2008

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Teaching WriHng, Learning to Write: Proceedings of theXVIth Colloquium of the Comité InternaHonal de Paléographie LaHne held at The InsHtute of English Studies, University of London 2-5 September 2008, ed. P. R. Robinson, King's CoUege London Medieval Studies XXII (London: King's College London Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, 2010). xvi +380 pp. ISBN 0-9539838-5-4; 978-0-9539838-5-8. £50.00. Twenty-one short papers in five languages demonstrate the value of Latin palaeography for major issues in the history of writing and reading from the centuries before Christ to the end of the Middle Ages. They document the proceedings of the weU-attended international conference at KCL in 2008. Some of them offer overviews of the tide theme for a particular area or period, whereas others draw attention to a more Umited range of issues, using codicological, archaeological, Uterary, and iconographie data to support the argument. On the one hand we are given an insight into a set of tensions, such as existed between 'scratch writing' and writing in ink, scriptorium and individual, the evidence of grammars and that of scribal practice, teacher and pupil, professional and non-professional writing. …

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