This is the first major study of the interplay between Latin and Germanic vernaculars in early medieval records. Building on previous work on the uses of the written word in the early Middle Ages, which has dispelled the myth that this was an age of ‘orality’, the contributions in this volume bring to the fore the crucial question of language choice in the documentary cultures of early medieval societies. Specifically, they examine the interactions between Latin and Germanic vernaculars in the Anglo-Saxon and eastern Frankish worlds and in neighbouring areas. The chapters are underpinned by an important comparative dimension on account of the two regions’ shared linguistic heritage and numerous cross-Channel links.
Contributors are: Stefan Esders, Albert Fenton, Robert Gallagher, Wolfgang Haubrichs, Charles Insley, Kathryn A. Lowe, Rosamond McKitterick, Rory Naismith, Janet L. Nelson, Edward Roberts, Annina Seiler, Marco Stoffella, Francesca Tinti, Kate Wiles, Bernhard Zeller.
Robert Gallagher is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Kent. His primary research focus is the politics and textual cultures of early medieval Britain, with special interests in documentary activity, multilingualism, Latin verse, and manuscript use.
Edward Roberts is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Kent. He specializes in the history of Carolingian and Ottonian Europe, with particular interests in historical writing, legal culture, charters, bishops, and institutional change.
Francesca Tinti is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU. She has published widely on early medieval religious, social, and cultural history, with a special focus on Anglo-Saxon England, its documentary culture, and its relations with the European continent.
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Latin and Germanic Vernaculars in Early Medieval Documentary Cultures: Towards a Multidisciplinary Comparative Approach Francesca Tinti
Charters, Languages, and Communication: Recent Work on Early Medieval Literacy Rosamond McKitterick
The Multilingualism of the Early Middle Ages: Evidence from Peripheral Regions of the Regnum orientalium Francorum Wolfgang Haubrichs
Germanic Names, Vernacular Sounds, and Latin Spellings in Early Anglo-Saxon and Alemannic Charters Annina Seiler
Language, Formulae, and Carolingian Reforms: the Case of the Alemannic Charters from St Gall Bernhard Zeller
Signalling Language Choice in Anglo-Saxon and Frankish Charters, c.700–c.900 Edward Roberts and Francesca Tinti
The Endorsement Practices of Early Medieval England Robert Gallagher and Kate Wiles
Traces of Bilingualism in Early Medieval Northern Italy: the Evidence from Eighth- and Ninth-Century Private Charters Marco Stoffella
Languages of Boundaries and Boundaries of Language in Cornish Charters Charles Insley
Vernacular Writing in Early Medieval Manorial Administration: Two Tenth-Century Documents from Werden and Essen Stefan Esders
Royal Authority, Regional Integrity: the Function and Use of Anglo-Saxon Writ Formulae Albert Fenton
From Memorandum to Written Record: Function and Formality in Old English Non-Literary Texts Kathryn A. Lowe
Writing, Communication, and Currency: Dialogues between Coinage and Charters in Anglo-Saxon England Rory Naismith
Epilogue Janet L. Nelson
All interested in in the history of early medieval documentary cultures, as well as questions of literacy, multilingualism, communication and uses of the written word.