A Confusion of Printers

The Role of Print in the English Reformation

By Pearce J. Carefoote

A Confusion of Printers

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  • ISBN: 9781725252141
  • Pages: 66
  • Publication Date: 11/27/2019
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A Confusion of Printers

The Role of Print in the English Reformation

By Pearce J. Carefoote

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725252141
  • Pages: 66
  • Publication Date: 11/27/2019
  • Retail Price: $11.00
Web Price: $8.80
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

The social history of the Reformation era remains a constant source of fascination for scholars. Of particular focus are the ways in which the movement intersected with print to help give birth to what we call “the modern era.” One consistent theme is that while the story of the Reformation cannot be told without reference to print, often the more interesting stories are to be found in the trials and tribulations of the printers themselves.

The Reformation of the sixteenth century was, among other things, about courageous printers. Without them, the message of the Reformation would have been limited. But the uncertainties associated with being a printer/publisher in the period between 1517 and 1648 cannot be underestimated. Nowhere was it more uncertain and confusing than in England. As it turned out, however, that turbulence helped set the stage for the achievement of the freedom of the press by the end of the seventeenth century that had been unthinkable when the Tudors occupied the throne.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Winsome and wise, this compactly told story of printing and the English Reformation offers a clear window onto the period's intellectual challenges and personal costs associated with the shifting religious struggles. Confusion there was, but also courage, creativity, and cunning among the printers whose words and images presented the conflicted commitments that, after much agony, finally gave rise to British religious pluralism and toleration. Carefoote's elegantly written volume does his subject proud."
--Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College

"No Reformation without the printing press? Pearce Carefoote reminds us that there would be no printing presses without printers. In the sixteenth century, deep religious convictions turned the screws of presses and prosecutions alike. Printers were on the front lines of England's early Reformation battles, navigating a landscape that shifted radically with every change of regime. Carefoote's elegant and lively account surveys the immediate confusion while pointing to the freer press that would eventually emerge."
--Nicholas Terpstra, Professor of History, University of Toronto

"Books matter. As P. J. Carefoote so amply demonstrates in this excellent book, printers risked their lives to publish and distribute pamphlets and books which expressed their religious convictions. Carefoote shows how this courage was expressed across the theological divides which emerged in sixteenth-century England. Beautifully illustrated and written."
--Stuart Macdonald, Vice Principal and Director of Graduate Studies, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto

Contributors-

Pearce J. Carefoote

Bio(s)-

Pearce J. Carefoote is the head of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

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