1482: Mass media hit Odense
In 1482, Bishop Johan Rønnow wanted to sanitise church services in Funen Diocese. He therefore invited a German printer called Johan Snell to Odense to print a breviarium – the short texts used during Catholic masses. Snell got to work on printing but took a short…
Printing comes to Denmark
Johan Snell's books brought the new phenomenon of printing to Denmark – only 28 years after Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz began printing books with loose lead letters. A few years were to pass, though, before Denmark got its own permanently resident printer – this time in Copenhagen. It's hard to imagine Europe without printing. The new mass media helped to spread the Catholic word of God – and later the opposing views of the Protestants. It also brought mass produced textbooks, scientific works, laws, literature and much more. In fact printing laid the very foundation for democracy.
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