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Printed Pages, Perfect Souls? Ideals and Instructions for the Devout Home in the First Books Printed in Dutch

Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Leiden University, P.N. van Eyckhof 1, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Religions 2020, 11(1), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11010045
Received: 6 December 2019 / Revised: 8 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Devotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
This article studies the role of the earliest books printed in the Dutch vernacular in the religious practice of lay individuals and the devout home. Many of the texts disseminated in these early printed books have received little attention and scholars have tended to view them within the sphere of the Modern Devotion, even though often there is no direct link to this religious reform movement. This article attempts to show that the first books printed in Dutch offer an interesting lens through which to study domestic devotion in the Low Countries in the last decades of the fifteenth century. It argues that these books bridged the gap between catechetical instruction and the private home, literally bringing home many of the ideals and instructions that the clergy would have offered in church and thus increasingly ‘textualizing’ the lives of the late medieval laity. Printers such as Gerard Leeu and his contemporaries acquainted Christians to the use of printed books for personal and practical religious instruction and knowledge and thus paved the way for developments in the sixteenth century. View Full-Text
Keywords: Dutch medieval literature; devotional literature; catechesis; religious instruction; lay devotion; incunabula; Gerard Leeu; manuscript and print; Dionysius the Carthusian; Der grosse Seelentrost Dutch medieval literature; devotional literature; catechesis; religious instruction; lay devotion; incunabula; Gerard Leeu; manuscript and print; Dionysius the Carthusian; Der grosse Seelentrost
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Dlabačová, A. Printed Pages, Perfect Souls? Ideals and Instructions for the Devout Home in the First Books Printed in Dutch. Religions 2020, 11, 45.

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