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William Caxton

(c. 1422—1491) printer, merchant, and diplomat

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An attention-grabbing presentation in any medium which typically serves the marketing function of persuading consumers to purchase a product or service but which may also function to raise or ...
Alain Chartier

Alain Chartier  

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(c.1385–c.1435)French poet and prose writer. His most famous poem was La Belle Dame sans mercy (1424), a story of unrequited love in 800 octosyllabic lines; an English translation, falsely ...
Anthony Woodville

Anthony Woodville  

(c.1440–83)Eldest son of Richard Woodville, renowned for military, chivalric, religious, and literary achievements. His sister Elizabeth’s marriage to Edward IV increased his influence at court, and ...
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Arthurian Literature  

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A large body of writings in various languages in the 12th and 13th centuries and thereafter, recounting legends of King Arthur, his sword Excalibur, his queen Guinevere, and his various knights at ...
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Barlaam and Josaphat  

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A late, 12th‐cent. Anglo‐Norman romance, interesting as a Christianized version of the legend of Buddha.
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bilingual dictionary  

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From earliest times, printers had to fulfil the needs of three kinds of bilingual dictionary users: travellers, students, and scholars or translators. In 1480, Caxton produced a French-English ...
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Sometimes used popularly as the English equivalent for the whole gothic type family, both early and more recent; the term also refers to scripts that developed from the 12th century. ...
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A book is the emblem of St Anne, St Augustine, St Bernard, and other saints.Recorded from Old English (in form bōc, originally meaning also ‘a document or charter’), the word is of Germanic origin, ...
Book of St Albans

Book of St Albans  

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The last work issued by the press that was set up at St Albans about 1479, soon after Caxton had begun to print at Westminster. It contains treatises on hawking and heraldry, and one on hunting by ...
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A sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page; a term generally used of ballads, etc., so printed.
Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales  

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Late 14th‐cent. unfinished masterpiece by Chaucer. The General Prologue presents portraits of diverse pilgrims congregated at the Tabard inn (Southwark), including a battle‐worn Knight, sweetly ...
Caxton Binder

Caxton Binder  

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The name given to a bookbinding workshop in Westminster, active c.1480–1510, associated with Caxton and his successor, de Worde. Thirty-nine bindings are known, many on Caxton imprints or including ...
Caxton, William

Caxton, William (1420/24–1491/92)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

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(1420/24–1491/92), first English printer and publisher.

Many details about Caxton's life are either sketchy or unknown. From 1438

Caxton, William

Caxton, William (1415)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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(probably born between 1415 and 1424; d. 1492),

the first English printer and an important merchant and publisher

Caxton, William

Caxton, William (1422–91)   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

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Following a period in Cologne (1470–72), where he learned printing, he set up his own press In 1476

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census of copies  

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Various kinds of book historical study are facilitated by systematically recording surviving copies of a particular book. Bibliographers, seeking to determine authoritative texts, and their ...
Charles Knight

Charles Knight  

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(1791–1873)Born in Windsor, the son of a bookseller; he became an influential publisher and writer who did much to introduce the sale of cheap books. Though his own formal ...
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A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board. Each player begins the game with a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, two rooks (or ‘castles’), and eight pawns, ...
Children's Books

Children's Books  

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Andrea Immel1 Introduction2 Origins and development3 Children’s texts as printed books4 The MS book5 Defining the children’s book1 Introduction2 Origins and development3 Children’s texts as printed ...
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A written record of events presented in order of time, and updated regularly over a prolonged period. The chroniclers of the Middle Ages, from the compilers of King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon Chronicle ...

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