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The main aim of this study is to present an outline of books occurring in early modern Norway, that is, to provide descriptions of longer continuities as well as specific moments of change. First, it returns to the restrictiveness, as it affected popular religious books. First, the number of books printed rose-at least in Denmark-as did the amount of ephemera such as magazines and newspapers. Similarly, print was channelled through an additional range of new institutions such as reading societies and lending libraries. Religious works in the Norwegian setting had by and large lost their hegemonic status on the book market by the end of the early modern period, a pattern that is also observed in other parts of Europe. One can however, detect a specifically Norwegian quality in the interaction of the book world with official religion, or rather, in early modern religious-political efforts to shape the book trade.

Keywords: books; Denmark; Norway; Norwegian; religious books



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