The Book in the Renaissance
The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals in this work of great historical merit, the story of the post-Gutenberg world was rather more complicated than we...more
This worked for me because I was listening to it on audio while doing things in the kitchen, where it was helpful to h ...more
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Pettegree ably manages to liven up the period with incidents and figures of the period and their illuminating stories. He also seemlessly melds the turbulent history of the time period and the bloody wars, particularly those of a religious nature, often dictated which city would rise or fall as a center of the printing industry.
Particluraly harrowing is the chapter about libraries and how the viole ...more
What I Liked: The main strength of this book is that it's a scholarly book that's still easy to read. There was never a moment in this book where I simply couldn't understand. As someone who knows only a small amount about the Renaissance, I'd say that's a pretty large accomplishment.
Pettegree's style is straight-forward and simple, examining each area of publishing in individual chapters, while sometimes trying to link them together. The best parts of the book ar ...more
The printed book, Mr. Pettegree tells us, is a product not just of invention - Mr. Gutenberg's - but also of capitalism and of religious revolution. The printed book had to survive in the marketplace, and eventually it did. Would it have done so without the Reformation and then the Counter-Reformation? Certainly, it would have, but at how much of a slower pace? So much slower that the Renaissance, and all the good that came with it, happened a century or two later? How much different, then, woul ...more