HIS243H1 Lecture : 2nd half Printing & Renaissance Art

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Vernacular languages, which were not developed with literatures and grammars before print, begins to have that structure. The more books, the larger the audience grows, which leads to growth of education. Also leads to a higher experience of cultural involvement. Idea"s are now spread socially and culturally, as a broader range of people (i. e. middle class) has access to printed material. This in turn can be considered a leading cause of the reformation. This also leads to the question of what is it to have authority, before illiteracy did not effect ones hold on power, however after printing to be illiterate is to be essentially without cultural authority. Transition from an oral to a literate culture. With the spreading of ideas, there is the development of organized censorship. Early on efforts are made at censorship of books, and printing. One of the first examples is henry xiii of england, who is attempting to control religious dissent.

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