[LMB] Why we still need paper books

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Wed Sep 21 17:39:40 BST 2011

Yes. Alfred the Great was behind the start of that. It upset him badly that he was illiterate until he was grown, though not sure whether he meant it in the "Had no Latin" sense or in the "Couldn't read at all" sense. He really pushed the translation-into-English project, on the grounds that with Latin literacy at zero, people should at least be able to read in their native language.

Love the story "Judith", though the author took great liberties with the original. Call it Biblical fanfic. And "Dream of the Rood" -- any poet who can give the cross a personality, and that of a stodgy, loyal old soldier to boot, has written a masterpiece. 


> Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:44:13 -0700
> From: becca_price at yahoo.com
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> On the other hand, literacy was wide-spread (don't have stats handy) during the Golden Age of the Anglo-Saxon era (900-1000 CE). Books were written in Anglo-Saxon as well as Latin. A lot of them were romances, although religiously themed (just about everything was religiously themed in those days, I understand.)
> -becca
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> >Charlemagne couldn't write or read letter and words in ANY language until he started learning as an adult. It wasn't a matter of WHICH language to be literate in, he wasn';t literate in ANY language, reading and writing were skills taught to boys destined to be monks or priests of perhaps lay brothers or scribes, not people out in the secular world who were not specifically trained to be scribes to read and write for other people, for pay....
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