Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 February 2003

296 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719057472

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The Spoken Word

Oral Culture in Britain, 1500-1850

Adam Fox and Daniel Woolf

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain MUP

  • Discusses the transition from a largely oral to a fundamentally literate society in the early modern period
  • During this period the spoken word remained of the utmost importance but development of printing and the spread of popular literacy combined to transform the nature of communication
  • Examines English, Scottish and Welsh Oral culture to provide the first pan-British study of the subject
  • Covers several aspects of oral culture ranging from tradition, to memories of the civil war, to changing mechanics for the settling of debts
  • The time-span concentrates on the period 1500-1800 but includes material from outside this time frame, covering a longer chronolgical span than most other studies to show the link between early modern and modern oral and literate cultures