Good thing Lyon was far from the beach--not a lot of light reading to choose from!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
If you were browsing through a bookshop in sixteenth century Lyon, what would you find? According to Louis Bourgeois in Quand la cour de France vivait à Lyon (Fayard 1980), book production in the city at mid-century fell into roughly these categories:
28% of books treated religious subjects; 12% were dedicated to science and the arts (medicine and philosophy being most the popular); 33% could be considered belles-lettres (grammar, Latin and neo-Latin literature, French poetry and prose); 6% discussed history; the remaining 21% were mostly texts of Roman, canon and French law.