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Journeymen-Printers, Heresy, and the Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Spain
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Journeymen-Printers, Heresy, and the Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Clive Griffin


Although the history of the book is a booming area of research, the journeymen who printed 16th-century books have remained shadowy figures because they were not thought to have left any significant traces in the archives. However, Griffin’s research on unpublished trial-records and a mass of associated inquisitional correspondence reveals a clandestine network of Protestant-minded immigrant journeymen — printers who were arrested by the Holy Office in Spain and Portugal in the 1560s and 1570s at a time of international crisis. A startlingly clear portrait of these humble men (and occasionally ... More

Keywords: history of the book, printing, journeymen-printers, Spain, Portugal, Inquisition, heresy, Protestants, immigrant workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280735
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Griffin, author
Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Trinity College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Latin American Literature
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