ATG Book of the Week: How The Press Began. The Pre-Periodical Printed News In Early Modern Europe

by | Jan 5, 2016 | 0 comments

janusanexo3cub_peqTitle: How The Press Began. The Pre-Periodical Printed News In Early Modern Europe
Author: Henry Ettinghausen
ISSN 2254-7290; Series: Janus, estudios sobre el siglo de oro; free download 
Imprint: SIELAE, 2015

This book is the first substantial attempt at surveying the beginnings of the press – the news that came out of the printing shops from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century – on a European scale. Its purpose is to sketch out the remarkable variety and the conceptual cohesion of the earliest printed news publications and to indicate the extent to which, virtually from the outset, the news that came off the presses was the product of a Europe-wide industry. It enables us to see how early modern European readers of, and listeners to, the news were invited or conditioned by the press to perceive themselves and the world at large.
The topics covered are: ‘The News. Letters, Posts, the Earliest European Press’, ‘Royalty. Births, Marriages, Journeys, Festivities, Deaths’, ‘Discovery, Conquest and War’, ‘Catholics, Protestants, Heretics, Infidels and Jews’, ‘The Devil, Sex and Violence, Crime and Punishment’, ‘Natural Disasters, Signs, Portents, Wonders and Miracles’, and ‘Monsters: Human, Animal and Fantastical’. The book includes 80 illustrations: for the most part, reproductions of late 15th- to early 17th-century news broadsheets and first pages of early news pamphlets.
Henry Ettinghausen, Emeritus Professor of Spanish at the University of Southampton, has written on the early history of the press over the past thirty-five years.


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