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In this video we look at bestselling books during the Early Modern Period.

We are going to start this week by looking at some of the bestselling books of this period and explain why they became so popular. In the next step, find out more about the famous Nuremberg Chronicle Elizabethanne mentions in the video.

Many bestsellers don’t survive because they were ephemeral productions such as ballads and broadsheets.

  • Take a look at the Bodleian Library’s Ballads Online, a database containing images and catalogue records of printed ballads from Bodleian and other collections.
  • Click on any of the ballad titles on the Browse list
  • Read some of the lyrics from the ballads
  • Having explored some of these ballads, consider in the comments section below, the reasons why you think ballads were printed so cheaply.
Dr Elizabethanne Boran, Librarian, The Edward Worth Library, Dublin.
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The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800

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