Printer: William Caxton

Roger Bussey

William Caxton and King Edward IV William Caxton and King Edward IV

William Caxton’s exact date of birth is unknown, but history dictates his birth be around 1422 in the Weald of Kent.

In 1438 aged 16, Caxton became an apprentice to Robert Large a London merchant, and upon the death of his employer, he moved to Bruges, and spent some thirty years working there as a merchant.

His success as a merchant was shown, when he became “Governor of the English Nation,” at Bruges in Belgium.

In 1469, he entered the service of Margaret, the Duchess of Burgundy who was the sister of King Edward IV of England.  Where he undertook the translation of “Raoul le Fevre’s history of Troy” into English, which he undertook in 1471-1472 in Cologne, where he learnt the trade of printing.

Upon his return to Bruges, joined up with Colard Mansion, using his new found knowledge and set up a…

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