Title: Across the Religious Divide. Crossing Confessional Borders in the Early Modern Book Trade: Christopher Plantin and Scottish Distribution Networks in an Age of Confessionalisation (1555-1589)
Authors: Van Loon, Zanna
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2016
Conference: Sharp Paris 2016 edition:24 location:Paris date:18-22 July 2016
Abstract: The Officina Plantiniana is known to have had an international scope in the sixteenth century, selling books in different European regions, like Scotland. Although some scholars, like Alastair J. Mann, have analysed the Scottish share in the international trade with the Officina Plantiniana, this was never treated in depth.

Therefore, I will re-use the records of the Plantin-Moretus archives to show that over 40 Scotsmen contacted the Officina between 1555 and 1589. This paper focusses on both the booksellers and individual intellectuals who contacted Plantin within this period. It will more specifically centre around their identity and place in the Calvinist Scottish society, but also concentrate on when they contacted Plantin, considering the political and religious context in the Southern Netherlands and Scotland. That most sale orders occurred after 1577, when Antwerp became a Calvinist republic, is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Additionally, this paper will briefly explore to what extent Plantin met with the Scottish demand for scholarly books as a part of the Latin Trade. Hence, this case study will not only look at the book trade networks and in what way this was affected by the sixteenth-century confessionalisation, but will also research what role Plantin had in the Latin Trade with Scotland.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven

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