On 20 March Prof. Andrew Pettegree (Visiting fellow of the Centre for Humanities) will give a lecture on Dutch book culture in the Golden Age, followed by discussion and drinks.
A panoramic view of Dutch book culture
The Dutch Golden Age is defined by its art; but if the Dutch were voracious collectors of paintings, they bought many more books: at least three million were traded at auction in the course of the century. This lecture draws on new material gathered for a forthcoming book offering a panoramic view of this book culture, in an age in which the Dutch both conquered the European book market, and developed systems of public political engagement through print unprecedented in European society.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Dr Nina Geerdink and Dr Katell Lavéant, and by questions from the audience. Nina Geerdink’s research focuses on patronage and professional authorship in the Dutch Republic; Katell Lavéant’s research investigates the production of popular books in early modern France. The evening will be moderated by Prof. Maarten Prak, Professor of Social and Economic History (UU) and specialist of the Dutch Golden Age.