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Literacy and the social order : reading and writing in Tudor and Stuart England /
David Cressy.
imprint
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
description
x, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521225140
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imprint
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
isbn
0521225140
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
38518
 
Bibliography: p. 231-243.
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
In this exploration of the social context of reading and writing in pre-industrial England, David Cressy tackles important questions about the limits of participation in the mainstream of early modern society.
Description for Library
In this exploration of the social context of reading and writing in pre-industrial England, David Cressy tackles important questions about the limits of participation in the mainstream of early modern society. To what extent could people at different social levels share in political, religious, literary and cultural life; how vital was the ability to read and write; and how widely distributed were these skills? Dr Cressy provides a detailed reconstruction of the profile of literacy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, looking forward to the eighteenth-century and also making comparisons with other European societies.
Main Description
In this exploration of the social context of reading and writing in pre-industrial England, David Cressy tackles important questions about the limits of participation in the mainstream of early modern society. To what extent could people at different social levels share in political, religious, literary and cultural life; how vital was the ability to read and write; and how widely distributed were these skills? Using a combination of humanist and social-scientific methods, Dr Cressy provides a detailed reconstruction of the profile of literacy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, looking forward to the eighteenth century and also making comparisons with other European societies.
Table of Contents
List of maps
List of graphs
List of tables
Preface
Reading, writing and the margins of literacy
The acquisition of literacy
The measurement of literacy
Literacy and loyalty
Lay illiteracy in ecclesiastical records
The structure of illiteracy
The dynamics of illiteracy
Literacy and society in England and beyond
Appendix: illiteracy in 414 English parishes, 1641G++4
List of abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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