This exploration of the role of the book and book industry in early modern France moves from the new techlogy of printing to look at the political implications of publishing in the reign of Francis I, including such topics as the founding of royal and university libraries, the role of church-state relations, Richelieu's cultural programme, and censorship. Using Rouen and Greble as case studies, the author examines what books were sold, and to which social groups, explaining why the initially successful printers of Rouen were eventually forced out of business by the Parisian courts. The French government is shown to have attempted to suppress and control publication, but these attempts were eventually thwarted by free market forces from Amsterdam and Neufchatel.
Elborg Forster has translated (with Patricia Ranum) seven volumes of articles from the Annales and numerous other historical works. Robert Forster is the author of Merchants, Landlords, Magistrates and The House of Saulx-Tavanes. Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture
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Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture