The arrival of the printing press on the scene of early modern Europe helped to spread seditious ideas that became the Protestant Reformation. Monarchs across Europe and beyond had to establish new policies governing regarding the publication and distribution of potentially dangerous ideas. In this episode, Lesley describes a few laws designed to keep information under control and shares what might happen when a printer ignored the law to publish radical, challenging ideas.
Richard Burt, Licensed by Authority: Ben Johnson and the Discourages of Censorship, Ithaca, (1993).
John Coffey, Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689, Routledge, (2014).
Donna Hamilton, Shakespeare and the Politics of Protestant England, University of Kentucky Press, (1992).
DM Loades, "The Theory and Practice of Censorship in Sixteenth-Century England", Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 24 (1974): 141-157.
Jason McElligott, Royalism, Print, and Censorship in Revolutionary England, Boydell Press: (2007).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)