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Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534

Alexandra da Costa


This book investigates how Syon Abbey responded to the religious turbulence of the 1520s and 1530s. It examines the eleven books three brothers — William Bonde, John Fewterer, and Richard Whitford — had printed during this period and argues that the Bridgettines used vernacular printing to engage with religious and political developments that threatened their understanding of orthodox faith. Through these works — and their some twenty-six editions — the Abbey presented itself as part of the vanguard of the Church, fighting heterodoxy with a three-fold commitment to reformed spiritual leadershi ... More

Keywords: Syon Abbey, monasticism, reformation, printing, heresy, orthodoxy, textual community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra da Costa, author
Fellow in English, St Hilda's College, Oxford University

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