Religious Subcultures and Reading Culture: The Case of Heyman Jacobsz’s Sondaechs Schoole (1623)

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Abstract

For religious subcultures, the reading of religious books was of great importance, even for Roman Catholics, renowned for their ritual-mindedness and the prevailing limitations in terms of religious reading for laypeople. This article aims to reveal the extent to which the status and role of a subculture affected the printing history and reception of religious books. The Post-Reformation Low Countries – split into the South, where the Catholics were a dominant culture, and the Dutch Republic in the North, where they were a subculture – provides an excellent case study. A very popular meditation book serves as the source for the study, namely Sondaechs Schoole (Sunday school) (1623).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348–385
JournalQuaerendo
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • religious subculture
  • reading culture
  • Sunday school
  • Roman Catholicism
  • Dutch Republic
  • Habsburg Netherlands

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