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»une juste moitié de vos livres«: le rôle de la propagande religieuse dans la production pamphlétaire

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Luc Racaut



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In the case of France, the printed book rather served conformism than modernity as far as the association between reformation and the book is concerned. It is necessary to take the economic priorities of printer-booksellers into account, even though production costs and the mercantile value of pamphlets could appear quite trivial in the eyes of reformers for whom printing was, first of all, a weapon serving the true faith. The thousands of titles attributed to Luther attest even today to the success of the Reformation, while the Catholic production is often forgotten. In France, however, in the second half of the sixteenth century, the latter was without doubt successful, and this not only due to the mere fact of censure or the support of Catholic authorities guarding editorial privileges. The printers met a genuine demand, urging the authors to quickly supply them with texts, sometimes with typographical errors. However, printers were accused of being solely motivated by the lure of gain. Their financial success was not to everybody’s liking, notably at court, and they had to face many confrontations. Nonetheless, libel, and antiprotestant propaganda in particular, took an undeniable place in the editorial and economical choices of printer-booksellers.

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Author(s): Racaut L

Editor(s): Haug-Moritz, G ; Schilling, L

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Médialité et intépretation contemporaine des premières guerres de Religion

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 37-50

Print publication date: 01/10/2014

Online publication date: 01/10/2014

Date deposited: 02/04/2015

ISSN: 2190-2429

Publisher: De Gruyter


DOI: 10.1515/9783110347227.37

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Series Title: Ateliers des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Paris

ISBN: 9783110346022