Reading History in Early Modern England

Reading History in Early Modern England

by D. R. Woolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521780462

ISBN-13: 9780521780469

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book focuses on the "after-life" of historical texts in the period between the arrival of printing in England and the early eighteenth century. Whereas previous studies of historical writing during this period have focused on their authors and on their style or methodology, this work examines the social forces that controlled what was written, and the impact

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Overview

This book focuses on the "after-life" of historical texts in the period between the arrival of printing in England and the early eighteenth century. Whereas previous studies of historical writing during this period have focused on their authors and on their style or methodology, this work examines the social forces that controlled what was written, and the impact of readers and publishers on authors. The intent is to situate the study of history books within the current literature on the history of the book and the history of print culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521780469
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The death of the chronicle; 2. The contexts and purposes of history reading; 3. The ownership of historical works; 4. Borrowing and lending; 5. Clio bound and unbound; 6. Marketing history; Conclusion; Appendix A: A bookseller's inventory, c. 1730; Appendix B: History by auction: auction sale catalogues 1686–1700.

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