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A Provincial News Community In Sixteenth-Century Europe

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In recent years scholars have devoted increasing attention to the nature of public opinion in sixteenth-century Europe. In Europe’s centres of commerce and trade, information was at a premium for quite obvious reasons. Merchants had to know whether roads were safe, and whether changes in the ruling personnel of lands near or distant threatened carefully nurtured business relationships. But the appetite for news clearly went beyond this. Not only was marketplace opinion informed, it clearly occurred to those in power that they had to devote care and attention to shaping this opinion. In this way a news community shaded into what can truly be regarded as nascent public opinion. In sixteenth-century societies the exercise of power was always persuasive; agreement must be cultivated, even where duty was formally commanded.

Keywords: news community; Rouen’s merchant community; sixteenth-century Europe



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