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The Reception of Printed Works

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National bibliographies tend to have a wider focus and include a variety of categories of printed material and information on both existing and lost copies. The starting point for sixteenth-century pre-Reformation printed works is particularly poor, with few inventory lists, catalogues or bibliographies of pre-Reformation literature in Scandinavian libraries, and nothing on provenance. Investigation of the lost works of Scandinavian book history is challenging. The chapter affords a welcome opportunity to investigate how the complexities of Scandinavian religious movements determined their capacities as consumers of printed material and their participation in printing. Female religiosity in general and Brigittine monastic culture more specifically were fora in which printed images could often be found. Other religious movements are also associated with specific iconographical and textual needs within regional networks. The distribution of printed books seems to have been common also within the Brigittine order.

Keywords: Brigittine monastic culture; pre-Reformation literature; Scandinavian book history; Scandinavian libraries; Scandinavian religious movements



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