From Naples to Barcelona: Catholic Propaganda in the Spanish Empire

By Laura Incollingo | When the Catholic Reformation’s relationship with print is discussed, the focus tends to be placed on their censorship and prohibition efforts. However, the Catholic Church did more than curtail Europe’s vibrant print networks, they capitalized from it. Although somewhat later than their Protestant adversaries, during the early modern period the Roman … Read more

Matchmaking without a Date: the Survival of a Popular French Romance

By Isabelle Riquet | Within book history, the Bonfons publishing dynasty is often used as an example for the problems that arise from judging print output on extant copies. Survival bias affects our picture of the Bonfons’ output more than most because they made a name for themselves by printing works aimed toward a popular … Read more