Literacy and the Social Order

Literacy and the Social Order

Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart England

Book - 1980
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980
ISBN: 9780521225144
0521225140
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 24 cm

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