Censorship Rules, Madrid (1558)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 123-125 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. (Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807) -Signature 1/6722.

Censorship Rules, Madrid (1558), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Nueva órden que se ha de observar en la impresion de libros; y diligencias que deben practicar los libreros y Justicias

“Savage” was the epithet used by Henry Lea to describe the censorship rules promulgated in 1558 in an attempt to block the expansion of Lutheranism. Surely this description emphasized the draconian penalties established by the rules. On the one hand, the rules established confiscation measures that tried to sanitise the social body from the influence of immoral and useless books. On the other hand, the very act of possessing those books had severe consequences, including the death penalty for the person convicted. Although their actual applicability and effectiveness has been a matter of historical controversy, the rules altered Spain’s political framework, inaugurating a period in which state powers cooperated with the Inquisition in order to control the circulation of books.

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Year: 1558

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 123-125 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. (Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807) -Signature 1/6722.

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Joanna of Austria
Philip II

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Royal Council
University of Alcalá
University of Salamanca
University of Valladolid

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