A Literary Tour de France


Population: around 4,000 in 1780.
Book Trade: no organized book trade. Malherbe unofficial bookseller and wholesaler.
Institutions: royal sudélégation, sénéchaussée court of justice, and tax élection.
Culture college.
Literacy (for entire département): male 19%, female 9%.
Former Protestant city, but no major presence left.
Communications: out of the way. Stop on a minor road.
Economy: small regional commercial center for grain, wine and spirits, fruits, herbs and seeds, linen and hemp, woolens, cloth, lace, and leather.


Booksellers in Loudun