Decree of Star-Chamber Concerning Printing

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

This decree reaffirmed the statue of the Stationer’s Company by stipulating that all printed books be licensed, authorised and entered into “the Registers Book of the Company of Stationers” and that all books bear the name of the author and imprint and address of the publisher. It also stipulated that publishers of Catholic and Puritan books could be sentenced to death. This aspects were very soon applied to William Prynne who had the stumps of his ears cut off (the ears themselves having been removed in 1634) and his cheeks branded “SL” for “Seditious Libeller.”

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Editors. "Decree of Star-Chamber Concerning Printing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2004
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