Star Chamber Decree, Westminster (1566)

Source: Durham University Library: Arber, E., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1557-1640, 5 vols. (London: n.p., 1875-94) 1: 322

Star Chamber Decree, Westminster (1566), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Ordinances decreed for reformation of divers disorders in printing and uttering of Bookes

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The commentary describes the background to the Decree and in particular the concern of Elizabeth's High Commission over the influx of Catholic texts from continental Europe. The commentary argues that the Decree is particularly significant in that it formalised, for the first time, the specific link between the interests of the government in regulating and censuring the press and the economic interests of the Stationers' Company. The formal inclusion of the category of 'letters patents' within the remit of the Decree ensured that works published under a printing privilege now attracted the formal protection of the Star Chamber.

1 Commentary:

  • Siebert, F.S., Freedom of the Press in England 1476-1776 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965)

  • Patterson, L.R., Copyright in Historical Perspective (Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1968)

  • Clegg, C.S., Press Censorship in Elizabethan England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

  • Blagden, C., 'Book Trade Control in 1566', The Library, 5th Ser., 13 (1958): 287-92 (290)

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Year: 1566

Location: Westminster

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library: Arber, E., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1557-1640, 5 vols. (London: n.p., 1875-94) 1: 322

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Privy Council
Star Chamber


Reformation, the
Stationers' Company
book trade
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities

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