Miræus Lecture • Renaud Adam

Censorship and Biblioclasm in the Low Countries (15th-16th centuries)

27 maart 2024 om 18u30
Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Antwerpen

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With this lecture, Renaud Adam proposes to evoke the problem of book censorship in the 15th and 16th centuries in the former Low Countries, from the appearance of the printing press to the reign of Philip II. This period was marked by the advent of the Reformation, which had serious consequences for the book market. This communication will be an opportunity not only to study the evolution of legislation on heresy, but also to review the staging of repression in the book ecosystem. The effectiveness and impact of these measures on the transmission of texts to date will be presented as well.

Biography: Historian of early modern books, Renaud Adam is in charge of the ULiege Library’s digitization unit. He is also a scientific collaborator in the Modern History Department. He has worked for various Belgian and foreign public institutions: Royal Library of Belgium, University Library Moretus Plantin in Namur, FNRS, University of Liège and the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. He also has experience of the art market, having worked for Arenberg Auctions (Brussels) for three years. Renaud Adam is the current secretary of the FNRS contact group Documents rares et précieux and former co-director of the FNRS contact group ModerNum. Réseau des modernistes francophones de Belgique.