Reading the Nuremberg Chronicle

Twenty examples demonstrate how various readers across Renaissance Europe understood and interpreted the text of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Some of them were diligent Reformation readers. They expressed their confessional identities in the margins of the Chronicle by either approving or censoring the parts of the book, and sometimes demonstrating their piety and devotion.

The others were involved in reading the past, extracting bits of historical information from the Chronicle, or completing its narrative. Finally, all twenty examples show the marks and modes of use of the Chronicle as a material object, both showing how the readers adjusted the books for their personal needs, as well as revealing the life of the book in early modern household.