DEVIL IN PRINT by Mary Drewery


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For readers who want to be able to visualize the appearance of Europe, especially London, at the time of the Reformation and to place the leaders and their opponents in the attempt to publish the Bible in English, this book is satisfactorily detailed. The adventures of the boy hero are not very convincing, however, and the implications of the Reformation are superficially investigated. In 1525 Thomas Warlingham's father was framed and found guilty of seditious libel against King Henry VIII and dispossessed of all his lands and wealth. Father and son journey to Cologne, where Tom is apprenticed to Peter Quentel, whom he assists with the printing of the translated Bible, then follows the books back to England when he returns to clear his father's name. It's an adequate description of the times, but a forgettable story.

Pub Date: April 8th, 1966
Publisher: McKay