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Books Of The Clergy

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Latin schools played a central role in education in Norway, as other than a short-lived Gymnasium in Christiania (1636-1669), they were the only establishments to offer a wider curriculum to the early modern population. As a clergyman with his own library, Thomas von Westen was typical of the Norwegian pastorate. The specialist material found in their collections was not as readily available as the more popular printed works targeted at the broader population. Denmark-Norway had strong links in terms of both education and trade with two further geographical and political localities, namely, with England and the Netherlands. These networks were of particular importance to book distribution among the Norwegian clergy. Book distribution changed during the course of the eighteenth century, in particular towards the end of the century. These changes affected the market for religious books among the general population as well as among the clergy.

Keywords: book distribution; early modern period; education; England; Netherlands; Norwegian clergy



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