Power, Print and Politics

Dr Matthew Yeo addressed The Green Ribbon Club last week on ‘Power, Print and Politics’. This was a tailored version of his doctorate on The History of The Book. It was a stimulating, controversial and fascinating talk which challenged all those present and led to lively questions and debate afterwards. Matthew contended that the appearance, the weight, the smell, the size and the way a book was read or received was as important as the text. The printed text, he claimed, was only a tiny part of the overall story. A book is affected by so many factors: gender (boys read less), price, censorship, and from whom or where we get it. Of equal importance to the printed text are the marginal additions. He explored what a book does: it could be an engine of radical thought or a source of authority. It could give rise to regicide or further mass political power. We are very much hoping that Matthew will return soon. Read more.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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