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Monasteries and the Lutheran Reformation

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Birgitte Langkilde - Taler

Monastic Books in Sixteenth Century Denmark Abstract: In the 13th century the Næstved Calender (Næstved kalendariet) (KB , E don . Var . 52 2 o) was created. Folio 5 verso and 6 recto contain two full-page illuminations with a group of monks. Nearly all the monks carry a book in one hand. Around 1510 the vaults in the Carmelite church of Sæby were decorated with scholars from the Carmelites. Again, it happened also with references to scripture, words and books. After the Reformation and the end of monastic life in Denmark the connection between monks and books was still so close that one still remembered it. This is evidenced by an accounting from Copenhagen Arsenal (Københavns Tøjhus) for 1608/1609, where you can read that some old "monk books" had been brought there. After the Reformation a process was initiated of shutting down the monasteries as institutions. But what happened to all the books that had been such an important part of the monastic life? This contribution will examine what we know about the monastic books in the run up to the Reformation and their fate after the Reformation. The contribution will also ask if the still preserved monastic books make it possible to say something about rupture or continuity in the theological development.
17 nov. 201418 nov. 2014


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