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The Growth Of A Provincial Press In Sixteenth-Century Europe

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In the last ten years a group of scholars visited around 300 libraries around France, but also in Britain, the United States, the Low Countries, Switzerland and Germany. All have important collections of French books. Around half of these items might be described as pamphlets: short texts of less than two sheets in length, in small formats, addressing a variety of subjects and audiences. It is this pamphlet literature that is the principal focus of this chapter. Throughout Europe each language zone sees during the sixteenth century the establishment of a robust local print culture away from the metropolitan centre of production, with the exception of England. The history and geography of European print pose challenging questions to scholars of the English book trade, and indeed of English culture and political life.

Keywords: France; libraries; pamphlet literature; print culture; provisional press; Sixteenth-Century Europe



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