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Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice

Author: Alix Christie
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In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead he is to travel to Mainz in Germany to be apprenticed to Johann Gutenberg, an entrepreneur who has invented a new process for producing books - the printing press. Working in conditions of extreme secrecy, the men employed by Gutenberg daily face new challenges both artistic and physical as they strive to create the new books to the standard required by their master. In a time of huge turmoil in Europe and around the world, Gutenberg is relentless in pursuing his dream and wooing the powerful religious leaders whose support is critical. Peter's resistance to the project slowly dissolves as he sees that, with the guidance of a scribe such as himself, the new Bibles could be as beautiful in their way as the old. Today we can see that beauty in some of our museums, but few know the astonishing tale of ambition, ruthlessness and triumph that lies behind it.

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Gripping historical novel about a young German scribe apprenticed to one of history's most extraordinary characters, Johann Gutenberg, creator of the first printed Bibles. Dramatic, colourful, historically accurate, the novel is both gripping and informative, bringing to life a period of unprecedented change in Europe and beyond.

Author description

Alix Christie is a journalist and writer based in London who has previously lived in the US, Paris and Berlin. She has been a reporter and foreign correspondent for many years, and published widely in major international media, currently for The Economist. She is a passionate printer and has researched the novel in detail over the last five years, bringing her personal experience to her descriptions of the travails of the early printers.

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General Fields

  • : 9781472220172
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Review
  • : July 2014
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1014
  • : 400
  • : Alix Christie
  • : Paperback