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There is much debate among historians as to the literacy rate before the invention of the printing press (8th century CE in China, 1450 in Europe). In the Roman Empire alone, estimates range from 10% to almost everyone in Rome, but one thing that's almost universally acknowledged is that the literacy rate in Western Europe for centuries after the fall of Rome was in the single digits. Generally, only priests and some noblemen could read.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })What's more, most Standard Fantasy Settings lack the factors that led to high literacy in our modern world. Printing presses, public schools, states... If anything they tend to be more anarchic than the real medieval Europe.
However, many authors write characters in their generic Medieval European Fantasy with the assumption that they can read. This may be for plot convenience, if reading something is key to the plot it can make things complicated if the cast needs to find someone literate. Or it may be that the writer just didn't think about the fact that most people in their setting would be illiterate.
Since this is an Omnipresent Trope only aversions and inversions should be listed. Subtrope of Artistic License – History; contrast Medieval Morons. Related to Politically Correct History. When a character is presented as illiterate in a setting where literacy is the norm, that's Never Learned to Read.
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Ascendance of a Bookworm: Averted. The story has a realistic level of literacy and Myne is reincarnated as one of the large majority of poor and illiterate people in the population. Add in that books are created one at a time by trained craftsmen plus both paper and ink being expensive, makes books rare and expensive. One book costs roughly what Myne's father would earn in 40 to 50 years. Myne does however retain her memories of reading and writing in Japanese.
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Dungeon Keeper Ami: There's no personal gunpowder weaponry, and Underworld shops are mostly identified with pictorial signs, plus Ami had to specify literate people when describing a population of Surfacers, but the concept of schoolbooks isn't unknown either.
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