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Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England$
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Ian Green

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208600.001.0001

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Print and Protestantisms in Early Modern England

Print and Protestantisms in Early Modern England

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Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England

Ian Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers some of the broader conclusions that can be drawn about the nature and impact of the message disseminated by print. Topics discussed include Orthodox Protestantism, the possible impact of print on different readerships, the laity, the ‘middling sort’ of readers, and specialized readerships. As demand from the clergy for religious works was supplemented by demand from the landed elite and whole swathes of new readers from the middling ranks and the young, ‘divinity’ continued to dominate press output until the 18th century. Moreover, although print was initially disruptive in terms of the message it carried on doctrine, ecclesiology, and piety, and continued to be disruptive thereafter in the hands of minorities, print as a mass medium became much more conservative.

Keywords:   cheap prints, Orthodox Protestantism, readers, readerships

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