The French Book and the European Book World


This work offers a series of linked studies of European print culture in the sixteenth century, focusing particularly on France and the regional, provincial experience of print. France, in the sixteenth century, was one of the great centres of the European publishing industry. But in the second half of the century the established dominance of Paris and Lyon was increasingly challenged by other new printing centres, stimulated in part by the religious and political crisis of the French Wars of Religion. Drawing on the data collected by the St Andrews French book project, the author reconstructs the enigmatic history of a number of previously unstudied printers. The focus throughout is on popular print, and the growth of mass market for news, entertainment and religious instruction.

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Biographical Note

Andrew Pettegree, M.A. D. Phil. (Oxford, 1984), is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of a number of books on the European Reformation and aspects of the European book world.

Review Quotes

"These essays move in exemplary fashion from specific bibliographic discoveries to general considerations of great importance for understanding the comparative history of the European Reformation. [...] On putting down this volume, one understands better than ever before why the English Reformation was such a slow reformation from above". Philip Benedict, University of Geneva. In: The English Historical Review CXXV (2010), pp. 421-423.

"This collection is a celebration of the value of direct examination of the sources. [...] The ecclesiastical historian […] will benefit greatly from reading this". Cristina Dondi, University of Oxford. In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 60, Issue 4 (2009)

Table of contents

List of Figures and Illustrations
Places of Original Publication

1. Rare Books and Revolutionaries: The French Bibliothèques Municipales

2. A Provincial News Community in Sixteenth-Century France
3. Protestantism, Publication and the French Wars of Religion. The Case of Caen
4. Protestant Printing during the French Wars of Religion. The Lyon Press of Jean Saugrain
5. Geneva Print and the Coming of the French Wars of Religion

6. France and the Netherlands. The Interlocking of Two Religious Cultures in Print during the Era of the Religious Wars
7. French Books at the Frankfurt Fair
8. Emden as a Centre of the Sixteenth-Century Book Trade. A Catalogue of the Bookseller Gaspar Staphorst
9. Translation and the Migration of Text

10. The Reformation and the Book: A Reconsideration
11. The Growth of the Provincial Press in 16th-Century Europe
12. The Reception of Calvinism in Britain
13. Printing and the Reformation: The English Exception



All those interested in sixteenth century religious and political history, the history of France, and the history of the book.


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