Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 1550-1640

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - History - 369 pages
This book looks at how popular religious belief was reflected in the cheapest printed wares available in England in the century after the Reformation: the broadside ballad, the woodcut picture and the chapbook (a small pamphlet, usually of 24 pages). Dr. Watt's study is illustrated throughout by extracts from these wares, many of which are being reproduced for the first time. The production of this "cheap print" is an important chapter in book trade history, showing the increasing specialization of the ballad trade, and tracing for the first time the beginnings of the chapbook trade in the early seventeenth century. But much of this print was not only read; it was also to be sung or pasted as decoration on the wall. The ballad is placed in the context of contemporary musical culture, and the woodcut is related to the decorative arts--wall painting and painted cloth--which have been neglected by mainstream historians. At the same time, the book challenges the picture drawn by recent historians of a great gulf between Protestantism and "popular culture," showing the continuity of many aspects of traditional pre-Reformation piety--modified by Protestant doctrine--well into the seventeenth century.
 

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Contents

SMALL AND POPULAR MUSIC
11
BLIND HARPERS AND TAVERN MINSTRELS
14
CANTABANQUI UPON BENCHES
23
BUFFOONS OR VICES IN PLAYS
30
RECREATION OF THE COMMON PEOPLE
33
A GODLY BALLAD TO A GODLY TUNE
39
STATIONERS REGISTER TITLE STUDY
42
PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS
50
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHAPBOOK TRADE Popular Print
257
THE BALLAD PUBLISHERS AND THEIR NONBALLAD OUTPUT
278
PENNY BOOKS AND MARKETPLACE THEOLOGY
296
THE PENNY GODLY AUTHORS
306
FRANCES WOLFRESTONCHAPBOOK COLLECTOR
315
CONCLUSION
321
Appendix A The godly ballad stock
333
OTHER GODLY BALLADS LASTING TWENTYFIVE YEARS OR MORE IN BROADSIDE FORM
336

DECLINE OF THE GODLY BALLAD
55
THE 1624 STOCK
74
TRANSITION IN THE TRADE
75
FROM PROPAGANDA TO POPULAR STOCK
81
THE BROADSIDE PICTURE
129
IDOLS IN FRONTISPIECE
131
THE WOODCUT PICTURE TRADE
140
PICTURES FOR PROTESTANTS
150
A QUIRE OF WICKED PAPER
168
STORIES FOR WALLS
178
IN THE BLACKFRIARS
183
THE VISUAL CONTEXT
193
GODLY TABLES FOR GOOD HOUSEHOLDERS
217
THE CHAPBOOK
255
Appendix B All other godly ballads surviving in broadside copies 15501640
338
Appendix C Godly ballads registered 15571640 surviving in manuscripts and printed collections
342
Appendix D Religious broadsides or tables 15501640
345
woodcuts and engravings 15501640
349
Appendix F Secular woodcut pictures 15501640
351
Appendix G Woodcut pictures registered to Gyles Godet 15628 and Thomas Warren 1656
354
Key to Appendices H and I
357
STC works for ballad publishers
STC works for ballad publishers
Penny Miscellanies to 1640
Penny Merrimentsto 1640
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