I began my career working on aspects of the European Reformation. My first book was a study of religious refugee communities in the sixteenth century, and since then I have published on the Dutch Revolt, and on the Reformation in Germany, France and England, as well as a general survey history of the sixteenth century. In the last years the focus of my research has shifted towards an interest in the history of communication, and especially the history of the book. I run a research group that in 2011 completed a survey of all books published before 1601: the Universal Short Title Catalogue. This survey has now been extended to 1650, offering data on 750,000 works with the location of four million surviving copies.
In 2010 I published an award-winning study of The Book in the Renaissance, and in 2014 The Invention of News: a study of the birth of a commercial culture of news publication in the four centuries between 1400 and 1800. I return to the Reformation for a study of Luther’s media strategy, published in 2015 by Penguin as Brand Luther, 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation. In 2019 I co-authored a study of the book culture of the Dutch republic, Bookshop of the World, followed in 2020 with The Dutch republic and the Birth of Modern Advertising.
I am the founding editor of two monograph series: the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, and The Library of the Written Word. In 2012-2015 I served a three year term as Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society.
The Dutch Republic and the birth of modern advertising
der Weduwen, A. & Pettegree, A., 20 Feb 2020, Leiden: Brill. 322 p. (Library of the Written Word; vol. 77)
The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age
Pettegree, A. D. M. & Der Weduwen, A. T., Mar 2019, London/New Haven: Yale University Press. 480 p.
Broadsheets: Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print
Pettegree, A., 15 Aug 2017, Leiden: Brill. 528 p. (Library of the Written Word)
Lost books: reconstructing the print world of pre-industrial Europe
Bruni, F. (ed.) & Pettegree, A. (ed.), 19 Apr 2016, Leiden: Brill. 540 p. (Library of the written word ; vol. 46)
Brand Luther: 1517, printing and the making of the Reformation
Pettegree, A. D. M., 2015, New York: Penguin. 400 p.
The invention of news: how the world came to know about itself
Pettegree, A. D. M., 2014, New Haven; London: Yale University Press. 456 p.
The Book in the Renaissance
Pettegree, A., 2010, New Haven: Yale University Press. 422 p.
Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion
Pettegree, A., 2005, Cambridge University Press. 237 p.
Emden and the Dutch Revolt: Exile and the Development of Reformed Protestantism
Pettegree, A., 1992, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 350 p.
Foreign Protestant Communities in Sixteenth-Century London
Pettegree, A., 1986, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 330 p.