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Tudor Books and Readers
Materiality and the Construction of Meaning

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John N. King, Lotte Hellinga, Joseph A. Dane, Alexandra Gillespie, Steven K. Galbraith, Elizabeth Evenden, Douglas A. Brooks, Robert J. D. Harding, Cynthia Susan Clegg, Alexandra Walsham, Andrew Cambers, Jason Scott-Warren
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107412552

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  • The consumption of books is closely intertwined with the material conditions of their production. The Tudor period saw both revolutionary progress in printing technology and the survival of traditional forms of communication from the manuscript era. Offering a comprehensive account of Tudor book culture, these new essays by experts in early book history consider the formative years of English printing; book format, marketing, and the reception of books; print, politics, and patronage; and connections between reading and religion. They challenge the conventional view of the 1557 foundation of the Stationers’ Company as an event that marks a shift between older and newer modes of book production, sale, and reading. Both continuity and change led to the gradual development of late medieval book culture into the genuinely early modern book culture that emerged by the death of Queen Elizabeth.

    • A diverse set of new perspectives on the making and reception of books from 1485 to 1603
    • Illustrated with eighteen examples of the visual features of Tudor books
    • Reflects recent developments in the study of book history
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    'John King's carefully edited volume sheds light on numerous aspects of Tudor book culture … most of the chapters directly relate to literary studies and offer valuable insights.' Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107412552
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John N. King
    1. Prologue: the first years of the Tudor monarchy and the printing press Lotte Hellinga
    Part I. Book Format, Marketing, and the Reception of Books:
    2. The myth of the cheap quarto Joseph A. Dane and Alexandra Gillespie
    3. English literary folios 1593–1623: studying shifts in format Steven K. Galbraith
    4. Closing the books: the problematic printing of John Foxe's histories of Henry VII and Henry VIII in his Book of Martyrs (1570) Elizabeth Evenden
    Part II. Print, Politics and Patronage:
    5. 'This heavenly boke, more precyous than golde': legitimating print in early Tudor England Douglas A. Brooks
    6. Authorial and editorial influence on luxury bookbinding styles in sixteenth-century England Robert J. D. Harding
    7. Print in the time of parliament:
    1560–1601 Cynthia Susan Clegg
    Part III. Reading and Religion:
    8. 'The spider and the bee': the perils of printing for refutation in Tudor England Alexandra Walsham
    9. Reading the woodcuts in John Foxe's Book of Martyrs John N. King
    10. Readers' marks and religious practice: Margaret Hoby's marginalia Andrew Cambers
    11. Books in the bedchamber: religion, accounting, and the library of Richard Stonley Jason Scott-Warren
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    John N. King, Ohio State University


    John N. King, Lotte Hellinga, Joseph A. Dane, Alexandra Gillespie, Steven K. Galbraith, Elizabeth Evenden, Douglas A. Brooks, Robert J. D. Harding, Cynthia Susan Clegg, Alexandra Walsham, Andrew Cambers, Jason Scott-Warren

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