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This is the introductory chapter of the book Books in the Catholic World during the Early Modern Period, which sheds some light on the routes, networks and mechanisms of book circulation, control and reception in Catholic communities between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. It not only considers books written in Latin, the circulation of which was more often of an international character, but also books written in vernacular languages and read in different Catholic territories; the translations that made this possible were not always unbiased. Furthermore, the book does not focus solely on religious texts, but on any kind of books produced, circulated or read in Catholic communities during the Modern Period.

Keywords: Catholic communities; early modern period



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