Christ vs Antichrist: Comparing Actions in Religious Polemical Print

By Jessica G. Purdy | Printed religious and political polemic was a mainstay of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the aftermath of the Reformation, Protestants pitted themselves against Catholics and juxtaposed their stances on almost every aspect of doctrine possible. These conflicts were often played out in the form of printed propaganda, and innumerable […]

Jesuits vs Libertines, or a Clash of Cultures in 17th Century France

By Christopher Davis | J’estimerois ma langue et ma plume criminelles de lèze-Majesté si je ne les armais contre ce monstre de libertinage.[1] This ill-written doorstop of a quarto, masquerading as a work of erudition, was penned between December 1622 and March 1623 by the Jesuit François Garasse and published in August 1623 in Paris […]