The Arrival of the Printing Press

Arnoud S. Q. Visser

in Reading Augustine in the Reformation

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765935
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895168 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Arrival of the Printing Press

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The first collected edition of Augustine's works, published in 1505–6 by the Basel publisher Johann Amerbach, was the version that was used by the first generation of Reformers, including Martin Luther, Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Philip Melanchthon and Ulrich Zwingli. The work made an important contribution to establishing the Augustinian canon, yet in many other respects also continued traditional, late-medieval, forms of textual presentation. This chapter assesses the significance of the work for the intellectual history of the Reformation. It explores the manuscript dissemination of Augustine's works in the late fifteenth century before studying how Amerbach's edition dealt with this tradition. It argues that the work contributed crucially to Augustine's emancipation from to the ecclesiastical institutions that had traditionally preserved his legacy.

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; manuscript culture late-medieval; invention of print; Johann Amberbach; Protestant Reformation; Martin Luther; Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt

Chapter.  6404 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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