Thursday, January 25, 2018

a general pragmatic literacy developed in the eleventh century (how? convents!)

page from the codex ambrosianus

by the 11th century, the corpus of religious works comprised gospels, bibles, psalms, liturgical instruments and writing of the church fathers. 

the corpus of classical works comprised texts from history and philosophy, medicine, drama, poetry, drama and rhetoric.

people read more. still this is confined to the learned class. those who can afford to go to convents to study.  

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