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Newsletters and Printed News, 1585–1620

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Treaties between different jurisdictions facilitated passage of postal messengers without ceding sovereign rights. Antwerp was the northernmost terminus of the 'ordinary' postal services that Codogno described in detail from the perspective of a southern European and a Habsburg loyalist. The developing system of interconnecting weekly posts enabled the merchants and princes of Europe to receive regular weekly reports from their agents across Europe. Venice was the greatest centre of newswriting, where 'the news of all the world' was to be had, 'all people resorting thither. Book trade networks circulated pamphlets internationally, leading to reprints in other major centres. Almanacs, as ephemeral and supposedly purely factual publications, were exempt from the royal licensing laws. The compilation of almanacs was rooted in the context of small-scale craft production, and has to be seen as subject to the various pressures which could be brought to bear on other aspects of print culture.

Keywords: almanacs; Antwerp; newsletters; pamphlets; printed news; Venice



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