IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 511: Vernacularity 1300-1500, I: Learning to Read

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Aberystwyth / University of Kent
Organisers:Elisabeth Salter, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Helen E. Wicker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Respondent:Helen E. Wicker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Paper 511-aPut on the Page: Manuscript Evidence for the Creativity of Popular Reading, c. 1450-1550
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Salter, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Anthropology, Education, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Salter explores manuscript evidence to explore the role of vernacularity in the experience of reading, examining the relationships between page layout and content in books intended for the lay reader. Clanchy problematises the language used for developing literacy. He explores whether reading was being taught in Latin or in English. Theoretically, because of Lollardy, prayers in the vernacular were forbidden however manuscript evidence suggests that learning to read involved both Latin and vernacular texts.