Prof Andrew Pettegree

Professor Andrew Pettegree

BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon.), FRHistS

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Teaching and Research Interests

I began my career working on aspects of the European Reformation.  My first book was a study of religious refugee communities in the sixteenth century, and since then I have published on the Dutch Revolt, and on the Reformation in Germany, France and England, as well as a general survey history of the sixteenth century.  In the last years the focus of my research has shifted towards an interest in the history of communication, and especially the history of the book. I run a research group that in 2011 completed a survey of all books published before1601: the Universal Short Title Catalogue.  This work continues with work to incorporate new discoveries and continue the survey into the seventeenth century. 

In 2010 I published an award-winning study of The Book in the Renaissance, and in 2014 The Invention of News: a study of the birth of a commercial culture of news publication in the four centuries between 1400 and 1800. I return to the Reformation for a study of Luther’s media strategy, published in 2015 by Penguin as Brand Luther, 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation.  I am now engaged in a study of the book world of the seventeenth century Dutch Republic, to be published in 2019 as Trading Books in the Age of Rembrandt.

I am the lead editor of two monograph series: the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, and The Library of the Written Word.  In 2012-2015 I served a three year term as Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students working on any aspect of the Reformation or Book History.

Main Publications

  • The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age (London/New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019).[Details]
  • Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print (Brill, 2017) [Details]
  • Lost Books. Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe (Brill, 2016) [Details]
  • Brand Luther, 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation (Penguin, 2015)
  • The Invention of News. How the world came to know about itself (Yale University Press, 2014) [Details] Winner of Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize
  • The Universal Short Title Catalogue (on-line resource:
  • The Book in the Renaissance (Yale University Press, 2010). Winner of the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize.
  • NB. Netherlandish Books.  Books published in the Low Countries before 1601 (Brill, 2010)
  • Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (Cambridge University Press, 2005) [Details]
  • Europe in the Sixteenth Century  (Blackwell, 2002) [Details]
  • The Reformation World  (Routledge, 2000) [Details]
  • Marian Protestantism: Six Studies, (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Ashgate, 1996)
  • Emden and the Dutch Revolt: Exile and the Development of Reformed Protestantism  (Oxford University Press, 1992) [Details]
  • The Early Reformation in Europe  (Cambridge University Press, 1992) [Details]
  • Foreign Protestant Communities in Sixteenth-Century London (Oxford University Press, 1986)

Administrative Duties

Founding Director, St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute

Director of the AHRC-funded Universal Short Title Catalogue project

Teaching Duties

Participates in the teaching of First Level Modern History and to the team-taught Master’s programmes in Reformation History and Book History.

Research Students

Current Research Students

  • Hanna de LANGE, ‘The dissemination of books printed in Britain and Ireland on the European book market’
  • Robbe DEVRIESE,  ‘Diplomacy and the Printed Media in Early Modern Europe’
  • Nora EPSTEIN , ‘Visual Commonplacing: The Transmission and Reception of Printed Devotional Images in Reformed England’
  • Jessica FARRELL-JOBST,  ‘Women in the Book Trace’
  • Panagiotis GEORGAKAKIS,  ‘News, books and information in the Huguenot International, 1680-1720’
  • Edwin GOI, ‘Concino Concini, Maréchal d’Ancre: Pamphleteering and Power Politics in Early Modern France, 1610-17’
  • Jan HILLGAERTNER,  ‘Printed newspaper in seventeenth century England, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The Impact of new media functionality on the reader’
  • Laura INCOLLINGO, ‘The representation of the religious antagonist in the street literature of early modern Europe (1500-1648)'
  • James McCALL, ‘Advertising in the English news market in the early eighteenth century’
  • Philippe SCHMID, ‘Dukedom Large Enough: Renaissance Self-Fashioning and the Crisis of the Learned Book Market in the 17th century’
  • Neale SCHOFIELD, ‘Communicating Lutheranism. Church-building in an age of Orthodoxy, 1555-1618’
  • Forrest STRICKLAND,  ‘The Devotion of Collecting. Ministers and the Culture of Print in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic’
  • Elizabeth WATSON, ‘The Catholic Book Trade in Protestant Europe.  Amsterdam’s Emporium of Dangerous Texts’

Graduated PhD Students

  • Sara BARKER,  ‘Developing French Protestant Identiy: the political and religious writings of  Anthoine de La Roche Chandieu (1534-1591)’
  • Christopher BRADSHAW , ‘Protestant polemic and the nature of evangelical dissent, 1538-1553’.
  • Philip CONNER , ‘Huguenot Heartland. Montauban during the French Wars of Religion’.
  • Jamie CUMBY, 'The Lyonnais Book Industry from 1502 to 1562'
  • Jessica DALTON, ‘Jesuit confession and the private absolution of heresy in sixteenth-century Italy’
  • Arthur DER WEDUWEN. ‘Selling the Republican Ideal. State Communication in the Dutch Golden Age’
  • Mark ELKINS,  'Directives on health, sickness and death: how to be well, how to be ill, and how to die in early modern England'
  • Stuart FOSTER, 'Pierre Viret and France, 1559-1565’.
  • Shanti GRAHELI, ‘The circulation and collection of Italian printed books in sixteenth-century France’
  • Matthew HALL , ‘Printing in Lyon during the French Wars of Religion’
  • Brian HANSON, ‘"The worde of our soules health": Protestant piety and the English Bible in sixteenth-century England with particular reference to the writings of Thomas Becon’
  • Alexandra HILL, 'An Analysis of the Stationers' Company Register. Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557-1640'
  • Philip JOHN, ‘The Paris book trade between the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and the renewal of the Catholic League, 1572-1588’
  • Augustine KELLY , ‘Catholic Devotional Literature in England, 1553-1620’.
  • Graeme KEMP, ‘The theme of religious conversion in seventeenth-century French printed books’
  • Alexandra KESS , ‘Johann Sleidan and the Protestant View of History’
  • Lauren KIM, ‘French Royal Acts printed before 1601. A bibliographical study’
  • Lucas KRINER,  ‘Lay involvement in the government of the Reformed church. A comparative study of Geneva and Philadelphia’
  • Nina LAMAL, 'Le orecchie si piene di Fiandra'.  Italian news and histories on the Revolt in the Netherlands (1566-1648)'
  • Saskia LIMBACH, 'Government Use of Print in the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th Century'
  •  Karin MAAG, 'Geneva and the development of Calvinist Higher Education, 1559-1610'. 
  • Joanna MILSTEIN, ‘The Role of the Gondi family in French Government during the second half of the 16th century’
  • Sophie MULLINS,  ‘Latin Books Published in Paris, 1501-1540’
  • William NAPHY , 'Calvin and the consolidation of the Genevan Reformation'.
  • Luc RACAUT, ‘Catholic perceptions of the Huguenots during the French Wars of Religion’.
  • Amelie ROPER,  ‘The Culture of Music Printing in Sixteenth-Century Augsburg: Performing, Learning, Trading’
  • Michael SPRINGER, ‘Church Building and the Forma ac Ratio. The Influence of John a Lasco’s Ordinance in Sixteenth-Century Europe’
  • Drew THOMAS,  ‘The industry of evangelism: Printing for the Reformation in Luther’s Wittenberg’
  • David WATSON, 'Jean Crespin, martyrologist, and the early French Reformation'.
  • Alexander WILKINSON, ‘Mary Queen of Scots in the Polemical Literature of the French Wars of Religion’
  • Jennifer WINTERS, ‘The Provincial book trade in England, 1520-1620’

Main Publications

Europe in the Sixteenth Century

Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion

The Reformation World