Quellen zur päpstlichen Pressekontrolle in der Neuzeit (1487-1966)

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Who should be able to censor books before printing and how? Who has the authority to issue imprimaturs? How is the book trade controlled? Popes have legislated on these and similar questions throughout the modern era.
In the early days of printing, everything that was put into print was considered doctrine - and doctrine was monitored by the Church, with the Pope assuming the role of the supreme "guardian of the press". From the end of the fifteenth century, this supervisory role was codified into a series of laws through which popes subjected the press to a tight system of ecclesiastical control, including the notorious Roman book bans and, even more importantly, general press laws. This book brings the key historical documents on papal press legislation together for the first time. Approximately seventy sources document the development of general papal press legislation from its beginnings through to the twentieth century.


Jyri HASECKER, Quellen zur päpstlichen Pressekontrolle in der Neuzeit (1487-1966), Paderborn et alibi 2017, 667 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-506-78566-4.