Fable and Lutheranization in 16th and early 17th century Sweden

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Fable and Lutheranization in 16th and early 17th century Sweden. / Zillén, Erik.

I: Reinardus. Yearbook of the International Reynard Society, Vol. 21, 2009, s. 201-217.

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T1 - Fable and Lutheranization in 16th and early 17th century Sweden

AU - Zillén, Erik

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - This paper argues that the Reformation and the adoption of Lutheranism as a state religion had a great and lasting impact on the history of the Aesopic fable in Sweden. During the 16th and early 17th century, it is shown, the genre was explicitly Lutheranized and ascribed vital functions in the process of Lutheran confessionalization within the Swedish national state. In particular, it is demonstrated how the fable – following the models of Melanchthon and Luther – was used in the teaching of classical languages at school and, in the Swedish language, served as an instrument for the moral and religious education of the common people.

AB - This paper argues that the Reformation and the adoption of Lutheranism as a state religion had a great and lasting impact on the history of the Aesopic fable in Sweden. During the 16th and early 17th century, it is shown, the genre was explicitly Lutheranized and ascribed vital functions in the process of Lutheran confessionalization within the Swedish national state. In particular, it is demonstrated how the fable – following the models of Melanchthon and Luther – was used in the teaching of classical languages at school and, in the Swedish language, served as an instrument for the moral and religious education of the common people.

KW - Aesopic fable

KW - reformation

KW - confessionalization

KW - Swedish church history

M3 - Article

VL - 21

SP - 201

EP - 217

JO - Reinardus. Yearbook of the International Reynard Society

JF - Reinardus. Yearbook of the International Reynard Society

SN - 0925-4757

ER -