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In: Buying and Selling
Author: Renaud Adam

Quærendo 40 (2010) 66-68 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006910X487183 Varia Bibliographica Th e Printer Jean Zurel of Lamorménil, an Anabaptist from Liège in Exile In his article on Anabaptism in the Region of Liège, Olivier Donneau notes the presence of printers at the heart of the Anabaptist diaspora from Liège, among whom Idelette de Burre, the future wife of Jean Calvin, fi gures as well.  In  the refugees from Liège found refuge in Geneva, recently won over to Protestantism under the infl uence of Guillaume Farel. Two of these men, Herman de Gerbihan and

In: Quaerendo
In: The Paper Trade in Early Modern Europe
In: Print and Power in Early Modern Europe (1500–1800)
Author: Renaud Adam


This paper is dedicated to the study of the dissemination of Spanish books—books written in Spanish—during the 16th century in Brussels. This study is based on an inventory of the bookseller-printer Michiel van Hamont made in 1569, at the request of the authorities searching for heretical books. This is the first survey conducted on this subject. Spanish books that have effectively circulated within the Southern Netherlands, have generally been neglected by scholars. They mainly focused their attention on local production (which books were printed by whom) and export to the Iberian World (Kingdom of Spain and Americas). They studied the rise of Antwerp as a major centre of Spanish vernacular editions and its role in the dissemination of Spanish books. The first findings in this paper show that the distribution of Spanish books in Brussels in the mid-sixteenth century is merely a marginal phenomenon.

In: Quaerendo
Often considered as the first phenomenon of mass media in history, the use of books and prints by Protestants has been widely studied and has generated a rich and plentiful bibliography. In contrast, the production and use of these supports by the partisans of the Counter-Reformation have not received the attention they deserve, especially in the context of the Low Countries.

The twelve contributors provide new perspectives on the efficacy of the handpress book industry to support the Catholic strategy of the Spanish Low Countries and underlines the mutually beneficial relationship between proponents of the Counter-Reformation and the typographic world. It is therefore also an important contribution to our understanding of sociocultural and socioeconomic background of the Catholic Netherlands.