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The Endorsement Practices of Early Medieval England

Gallagher, Robert and Wiles, Kate (2020) The Endorsement Practices of Early Medieval England. In: The Languages of Early Medieval Charters: Latin, Germanic Vernaculars, and the Written Word. Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages . Brill, pp. 230-295. ISBN 978-90-04-43233-8. (doi:10.1163/9789004432338_008) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:85360)

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Often noted within modern editions of Anglo-Saxon charters but rarely discussed in depth, endorsements represent one of the most understudied aspects of documentary culture in early medieval England. This chapter provides a comprehensive survey of this feature, which is defined here a text that was composed with the intention that it would be written on the back (dorse) of the single-sheet charter. A wide variety of examples survives, some of which were written by the main scribe of the document, some possibly by a contemporary; others are ostensibly the work of later scribes, thus attesting to the continued importance of written records years after their initial production. Endorsements, moreover, come in different forms and languages. Most are predominantly in Old English, regardless of the languages of the main body of the charter, though others are predominantly or entirely in Latin. In providing an overview of these features, this chapter focuses its attention primarily on the evidence provided by charters that survive in early medieval single-sheet forms. This allows for greater accuracy when considering possible chronological, geographic and typological trends. It also means, furthermore, that this chapter offers readers an introduction to and summary of the single-sheet corpus itself.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/9789004432338_008
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Robert Gallagher
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 17:42 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 23:03 UTC
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