27 Nov '12, 3pm

A torrent of ink

A torrent of ink

The Levenson inquiry is due to be published this week into the conduct of Britain’s free press and to make recommendations of curbs, if any, that should be placed upon the newspapers. Nothing new then. In 1495 Sir Roger L’Estrange, the booming, bewigged licensor of the press, tried to ban pamphlets “throbbing with sedition” that were in circulation at about that time. A t that time it was Caxton’s apprentice, the appropriately named Wynkyn der Worde, who first set up shop in the area of Fleet Street. William Caxton (the first Englishman to print books in London) had worked in Westminister working for rich patrons. Wynkyn after a little legal wrangling inherited the business upon Caxton’s death and in 1500 decided to build up business producing relatively inexpensive books for a mass market, declaring: I am going to make a torrent of ink run through ze streets of London. I ...

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