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How print guided our understanding of earth

  Fig 1. Diagram of the solar system in Nicolaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestis (Nuremberg, 1543), fol. 9v. © The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Print and the scientific …

Between manuscript and print

A good starting point to this course is to look at how manuscript and print co-existed in the early decades of the invention of the printing press. All too often …

Thanks and goodbye

Well done for completing this course on the History of the Book in the Early Modern Period. Thank you for taking part and we hope you have enjoyed it. If …

Reforming the state

We have explored in this video how the newspapers like Les Révolutions de Paris represented politics in the early modern period by describing the extraordinary events that took place in …

Print and the medical marketplace

In our last step we looked at some of the truly ground-breaking scientific and medical texts of the early modern period and today we are going to focus on how …

Transforming medicine and science

Just as books were essential to the success of the European religious reformation, the printing revolution also transformed medicine and science in early modern Europe. In the video, Elizabethanne talks …

Reforming religion

Welcome back to the final week of this course. This week, we are going to explore how books changed the world including the: Reformation in the early 16th century. Transformation …

Survival of manuscript

The obituary of the book has often been written. Since the early 2000s, at least, its demise has been confidently foretold and its replacement by e-readers and digital texts prophesied. …

Next week: How books changed the world

We hope you have enjoyed the third week of our course, and thanks for all of your comments and insight. Next week, we will be exploring how books changed the …

Literacy and handwriting

The rise of print culture in the early modern period was both a cause of, and the result of, an increasingly literate population. While compulsory, universal schooling was still a …

Reading for singing

Early modern Europe had a vibrant folksong and ballad tradition. Printed songs proved a valuable source of revenue for early modern printers and song played an important role in spreading …