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The Reformation and the Book

1st Edition

By Jean-François Gilmont

Edited by translated by Karin Maag


516 pages

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Although the connection between the invention of printing and the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century has long been a scholarly commonplace, there is still a great deal of evidence about the relationship to be presented and analysed. This collection of authoritative reviews by distinguished historians deals with the role of the book in the spread of the Reformation all over the continent, identifying common European experiences and local peculiarities. It summarises important recent work on the topic from every major European country, introducing English-speakers to much important and previously inaccessible research.


' …a fine resource for those interested in the details on the role of publication in the Reformation.' Calvin Theological Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1 'Academic collections on Reformation studies will need to include The Reformation and the Book.' Reference Reviews, Vol. 13, No. 5 'The Reformation and the Book contains a wealth of material not easily available elsewhere and the secondary references are particularly valuable.' SHARP News, Vol. 8, No. 3 'Important books provoke other books, as the Reformation demonstrated: now that it is available in English, this collection can provoke even more.' Libraries and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 4 '…this collection of essays offers a comprehensive view of the role of printing in the spread of the Reformation…the detail and scope of these studies ensure them a…durable place in scholarship…this volume promises to…establish book studies as a substantial component of Reformation history, and offer sure guidance to researchers into the dissemination of religious ideas.' Church History, Vol. 69, No. 1 '… extensive and richly detailed…there is so much local detail, nuance, and information in this volume… Both the original editor, Jean-François Gilmont, and the editor/translator of this volume, Karin Maag, deserve to be congratulated for their work in producing this coherent mosaic of interlocking pieces and for bringing it to an undergraduate and generalist audience in English.' The Catholic Historical Review '… invaluable to Reformation historians and students of book-history alike… there is in this book much useful bibliographical information which is not otherwise very accessible to English readers.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History '… powerful and excellent collection… What this collection show(s) is that the early modern book is an object of extraordinary power, yet also of conflict and of division.' Journal of the Early Book Society

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Jean-François Gilmont; Printing at the dawn of the 16th century, Jean-François Gilmont, The book in Reformation Germany, John L. Flood; French-speaking regions, 1520-62, Francis M. Higman; Printing and the Reformation in the Low Countries, 1520-c.1555, Andrew G. Johnson; Three border cities: Antwerp, Strasbourg and Basle, Jean-François Gilmont; Printing and the Reformation in Antwerp, A.G. Johnston and Jean-François Gilmont; Reformation printing in Strasbourg, 1519-60, Miriam U. Chrisman; Printing and the Basle Reformation, 1517-65, Peter G. Bietenholz; Books and the English Reformation prior to 1558, David M. Loades; Printing and Reformation ideas in Spain, A. Gordon Kinder; The book and the Reformation in Italy, Ugo Rozzi and Silvana Seidel Menchi; The book and the beginnings of the Reformation in Hungary, Gedeon Borsa; The book and the Reformation in Bohemia and Moravia, Mirjam Bohatcová; The book and the Reformation in Poland, Alodia Kawecka-Gryczowa and Janusz Tazbir; The book and the Reformation in Denmark and Norway, 1523-40, Anne Riising; The book and the Reformation in the Kingdom of Sweden, Remi Kick; Conclusion, Jean-François Gilmont; Index.

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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