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Oral and Literate Culture in England 1500–1700

Adam Fox


This book explores the varied vernacular forms and rich oral traditions which were such a part of popular culture in early modern England. It focuses, in particular, upon dialect speech and proverbial wisdom, ‘old wives' tales’ and children's lore, historical legends and local customs, scurrilous versifying, and scandalous rumour-mongering. The book argues that while the spoken word provides the most vivid insight into the mental world of the majority in this society, it was by no means untouched by written influences. Even at the beginning of the period, centuries of reciprocal infusion betwe ... More

Keywords: oral traditions, popular culture, dialect speech, mental world, literate environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Fox, author
Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh