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Year 4’ s Lightning Speed topic is coming to an end but before we finish we have researched the life of Joannes Gutenberg and here is what we found out:

At the beginning of the 1400’s there were an estimated 1000 or so books in the West, however by the end of the 1400’s there were an estimated 100,000 books to be found in the West. Why? Because of an inventor and craftsman named Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes introduced letterpress printing to Europe with his movable type printing press. Though movable type was already in use in East Asia, Gutenberg invented the printing press, which later spread across the world. His work led to an information revolution and the unprecedented mass-spread of literature throughout Europe.

It used to take 3 years to hand copy a Bible in Latin before the letter press, however with Gutenberg’s invention they could print 180 copies in that time.  One of Gutenberg’s Bibles is now worth a staggering £30 million – just think how many books you could buy with that!

Not only did we research, we had a go at printing ourselves

. Maybe we have the next printing specialist.

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