Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 1550-1640 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 1550-1640 (Paperback)

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Paperback 392 Pages / Published: 21/10/1993
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This book looks at popular belief through a detailed study of the cheapest printed wares in London in the century after the Reformation. It investigates the interweaving of the printed word with the existing oral and visual culture, as well as the general growth of literacy. Both Protestantism and print have been credited by recent historians with enormous, even 'revolutionary' impact upon popular culture. The protestant hostility towards traditional recreations is said to have 'inserted a cultural wedge' in village society, while its logo-centricism took the English people across a watershed 'from a culture of orality and image to one of print culture'. This study challenges these confrontational models, showing instead how traditional piety could be gradually modified to create a religious culture which was distinctively post-Reformation, if not thoroughly 'Protestant'.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521458276
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is a fascinating study of the impact of print and Protestanism on the popular culture of early modern England ... Tessa Watt makes an important contribution to our knowledge of how popular culture functioned in early modern society.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'(Tessa Watt's) serious respectful study ... avoids both the value-judgements of the iconoclast and an unselective conceptual confusion, and allows her subject cognitive form and richness.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'This is a pioneering book ... (which) will start historians thinking in a new way about the social and intellectual life of ordinary people in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.' Christopher Hill
"Cambridge University Press deserves our thanks for publishing a monograph that offers such a wealth of bibliographical detail." American Historical Review
"...remarkably creative, exhaustively researched, and consistently engaging study." The Catholic Historical Review
"This important book by Tessa Watt looks at the impact of the Reformation and the print 'revolution' on popular religious belief in England between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries through a detailed study of the cheapest printed wares produced in London...The end result is a rich and well-researched monograph, compellingly argued, that offers a powerful challenge to many commonly held assumptions about the nature of popular religiosity during this period." Albion
"This is an effective book, not least for its retrieval of often-forgotten sources and its complication of the distinction between godly and ungodly spheres of activity." David Cressy, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...impressive study of the popular religious literature of the 'long' Reformation, from Edward VI's reign to the eve of the civil war...." D.R. Woolf, Canadian Journal of History
"...an extraordinarily competent and valuable addition to the growing corpus of work on the culture of early modern England." Phyllis Mack, Journal of Modern History
"It is an important addition to the history of publishing but also offers compelling evidence for revisionist theories about cultural change in the early-modern period." Publishing Research Quarterly

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