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The Wars Of The League: Pamphlets And The Transformation Of The Presses

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The wars of religion dominated the French political scene during the second half of the sixteenth century. The wars of religion also had a profound impact in the book world. Perhaps one of the most obvious aspects of this change was the development of a strong polemical literature. The printed pamphlet would not have been unknown to Breton readers. There were two main reasons behind this apparent absence of a printed polemical culture in Brittany. The victory of Henry IV over Mercaeur and the end of the wars of religion radically changed the context in which both printers and booksellers did business. The number of polemical texts written and printed in the kingdom of France fell markedly. In Brittany, the emphasis shifted towards a more balanced production and to a greater stability within the book world.

Keywords: Brittany; pamphlet; wars of the league



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