Since scholars first turned their attention to the subject some eighty years ago, one major area of contention in the study of Anglo-Saxon wills has been the function of the written will within Anglo-Saxon culture. Verbal agreements, formalized through oral ceremonies and symbolic actions, were recognized as legally binding; however, many of these agreements were also recorded in writing. Many scholars argue that the written document was superfluous;oral ceremonies were written down only in the case of memory failure and the documents themselves had no real performative function.
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- Literature, Medieval
- Oral communication--Great Britain.
- Oral communication
- Written communication--Great Britain.
- Written communication
- English language--Old English, ca. 450-1100--Translations into English.
- English language
- Latin language--Translations into English.
- Latin language
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2010Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-36)Note typebibliography
- English, Old English and LatinNote typelanguage
- Field of study: English