Piety and the People: Religious Printing in French, 1511–1551, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Piety and the People

Religious Printing in French, 1511–1551, 1st Edition

By Francis M. Higman


544 pages

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Did the 16th-century Reformation influence French language and culture? This book, the fullest available bibliography of religious printing in French during the early Reformation, provides the materials to answer this question. It assembles information on all known printed editions in French on religious subjects during the crucial period 1511-51 (up to the Edict of Chateaubriant), giving full bibliographical details, library locations and references in secondary literature. An alphabetical list is complemented by a chronological list, and by an analysis of editions by printers and publishers. The work provides the fullest checklist available of works and editions produced from all parts of the religious spectrum, both Roman Catholic and Protestant. It reveals who were the most active and influential writers, which were the most popular texts, and which were the most active printing centres in the field of religious printing in French. The chronological survey shows the immense growth in publications triggered by the Reformation movement, and reveals the radical change in religious sensibility during the period, from contemplative meditation to polemical debate.


'for anyone interested in printing, literature, and religion and their effect upon French society and culture, this volume is an essential and indispensable source' Journal of Early Modern History 'Everyone who wants to study the history, thought and literature of the early French Reformation will find here a valuable and also very tasteful published source of information.' Proceedings of the Huguenot Society 'The specific lists mean that the researcher can proceed efficiently and easily whether looking for an individual author, a printer, or the production of a specific book in a particular year… The book provides a comprehensive view of what was available to French readers as they faced new religious choices… Higman’s alphabetical catalogue of books should become a model for other bibliographies…Some bibliographies can be read like a book. This is one of them.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'The fruit of a long and detailed collection, this work will be of great use to all those who, for one reason or another, are interested in sixteenth century religious literature. We can unreservedly be grateful to the author for passing on the results of such a persevering research and for giving us this beautiful work instrument.' Translated from Revue de l'Histoire des Religions

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; List of works consulted; Alphabetical list; Finding list of anonymous titles; Chronological list; List of printers by city; Printers: Alphabetical; Index of proper names.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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