Lecture II - Religion, Media & Propaganda
in collaboration with the Flemish Association for Book History
on 23 November 2017
Andrew Pettegree, professor of modern history, University of St-Andrews
Respondent: Dick Wursten, minister, theologian, inspector-counselor protestant education Flanders, chair of the Protestant Cultural Circle Antwerp
When Martin Luther made his protest against indulgences in 1517 he was a little-known professor at one of the Germany’s newest universities. Nothing in his career to this point could have prepared him for the media storm that erupted around him. Yet within five years Luther was the most published author in the history of Christendom.
In this presentation, based on his book ‘Brand Luther, Print and the Making of the Reformation’ (Penguin, 2015 and recently released in Dutch by Atlas-Contact), Andrew Pettegree explores how Luther effected this transformation, in the process re-shaping both theological debate and the still young printing industry. Close attention to the mechanics of the print trade and questions of design were essential to the success of what became the Protestant movement.
Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue. He is the author of over a dozen books in the fields of Reformation history and the history of communication including Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (Cambridge University Press, 2005), The Book in the Renaissance (Yale University Press, 2010) and The Invention of News (Yale University Press, 2014). His most recent book, Brand Luther: 1517, Print and the Making of the Reformation (Penguin USA) was published in October 2015. A Dutch edition, published by Atlas-Contact, came off press in November 2016. His new projects include a study of the book culture of the Dutch Golden Age for Yale University Press and ‘Preserving the World’s Rarest Books’, a collaborative project with libraries funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Read the summary in Dutch.