“Heresy and Error”:|
The Ecclesiastical Censorship of Books, 1400–1800
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, September 20 – December 17, 2010
|THE INDEX OF PROHIBITED BOOKS||
A powerful defender of Catholicism, King Phillip II of Spain insisted that his territories in the Netherlands should not fall into Protestant “heresy.” This 1570 edition of the Index librorum prohibitorum was augmented for his Netherlandish subjects with the king’s edict proclaiming that the authority to censor books emanates from the Crown and that its enforcement will be overseen by the Duke of Alva (1507–1582), Governor of the Spanish Netherlands. The accompanying Index, a reprint of the Tridentine version of 1564, includes a supplement listing prohibited Bibles and other books printed in Spanish, French, and Dutch.