Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England

Synopsis

'Green provides the first truly comprehensive overview of reformed print culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and his book should be required reading for anyone interested in literacy and literate culture in the period.' -Years Work in English Studies'A handsome volume in the very best tradition of the OUP.' -Reformation'Green's book is a significant addition to English Reformation 'revisionism', and its tour through the 'steady sellers' of early modern England is both authoritative and enlightening.' -Journal of Ecclesiastical History'Impressively researched and exhaustively documented survey... a work of admirable and meticulous scholarship. It will be an invaluable guide to historians and bibliographers for many years to come, an authoritative aid to the combined STCs which many of us will find ourselves constantly consulting.' -History'In demonstrating that divinity dominated the output of the printing presses until the eighteenth century, Green also provides a salutary corrective to accounts which overestimate the speed of secularization and the impact of Englightenment scepticism.' -History'This is a thorough and significant book... it is the best kind of academic writing, lucid, free of jargon, trenchant but fair, and courteous to other scholars; it illuminates every subject that it touches upon and is knit together by a strong and important argument.' -Journal of Theological Studies'Ian Green brings to the job an impressive knowledge of different genres and a sensitivity in the reading of individual works: his every judgement seems authoritative... The very scale of his work carries conviction.' -Journal of Theological Studies'This is an ambitious work of profound scholarship... an extraordinary achievement in the making, the scholarly equivalent of walking to both poles.' -Patrick Collinson, The Times Literary Supplement'The book is a mass of information... I would hazard that no other historian has an encyclopaedic a knowledge of printed English religious literature as Green has for this lengthy period.' -English Historical ReviewThis is the first study of the full range of Protestant publications from the Reformation to the start of the Evangelical Revival. Based on a sample of over seven hundred best-selling titles of the period, it demonstrates a rapid diversification of the religious works printed and of the readerships at which they were targeted by canny publishers, and also highlights the growing variety of 'Protestantisms' then on offer.