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A New World Of The Mind? Renaissance Self-Perception And The Invention Of Printing

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Researchers in St. Andrews have had the opportunity to reflect at length on the role of print in society, while bringing to completion a major bibliographical project: a survey of all books published in the French language before 1601. Paris was one of the great book cities of Europe, while Lyon, Frances second city, became a major centre of scholarly publication. This survey thus allows us to address important questions about the book-reading and book-buying communities in France. What books did readers want and for what reasons? How did books advance the cause of scholarship and intellectual discovery? To what use was print put by Frances ruling classes? The answers to these questions are sometimes surprising. This chapter pursues these questions by examining three areas of book publication that played an important role in Renaissance self-fashioning: experimental science, especially medical texts; the literature of discovery; and the growth of government.

Keywords: Europe; French language; medical texts; print culture; Renaissance self-fashioning; scholarly publication; St. Andrews



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