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A Protestant habitus: 16th-century Danish graveslabs as an expression of changes in belief

Staecker, Jörn LU (2003) Conference on the Archaeology of Reformation In Archaeology of Reformation 1480-1580 1. p.415-436
Abstract
This article deals with an archaeology of Reformation in medieval Denmark. The change from Catholic to Protestant confession, which took place in 1536, ha,,; not been subject to elaborate investigation by archaeologists. The main question is, whether material culture reflects differences in the lifestyle between people possessing a Catholic or Protestant belief The focus is to find out how the different symbols and 'languages' worked by investigating 16th-century graveslabs and tombstones. These items offer very good datings by their inscriptions. The choices of language, style, mottos, motives, attributes, positions and costumes made by both client and stonemason reflect the mental and physical lifestyle of 16th-century society. The point... (More)
This article deals with an archaeology of Reformation in medieval Denmark. The change from Catholic to Protestant confession, which took place in 1536, ha,,; not been subject to elaborate investigation by archaeologists. The main question is, whether material culture reflects differences in the lifestyle between people possessing a Catholic or Protestant belief The focus is to find out how the different symbols and 'languages' worked by investigating 16th-century graveslabs and tombstones. These items offer very good datings by their inscriptions. The choices of language, style, mottos, motives, attributes, positions and costumes made by both client and stonemason reflect the mental and physical lifestyle of 16th-century society. The point of departure is to look at the material culture as part of a process, like a burial-place with graves from a limited period of time. The status of documentation, choice of language, style of inscription, attributes of clerics, direct and indirect elements of Protestantism, the concept of graveslabs and finally the regional differences in space and time are analysed here. It will be argued here that the endeavour of Protestant society to demonstrate their new lifestyle in text and image is reflecting a habitus of the living transferred to the monuments of the dead. (Less)
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Archaeology of Reformation 1480-1580
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  abstract     = {This article deals with an archaeology of Reformation in medieval Denmark. The change from Catholic to Protestant confession, which took place in 1536, ha,,; not been subject to elaborate investigation by archaeologists. The main question is, whether material culture reflects differences in the lifestyle between people possessing a Catholic or Protestant belief The focus is to find out how the different symbols and 'languages' worked by investigating 16th-century graveslabs and tombstones. These items offer very good datings by their inscriptions. The choices of language, style, mottos, motives, attributes, positions and costumes made by both client and stonemason reflect the mental and physical lifestyle of 16th-century society. The point of departure is to look at the material culture as part of a process, like a burial-place with graves from a limited period of time. The status of documentation, choice of language, style of inscription, attributes of clerics, direct and indirect elements of Protestantism, the concept of graveslabs and finally the regional differences in space and time are analysed here. It will be argued here that the endeavour of Protestant society to demonstrate their new lifestyle in text and image is reflecting a habitus of the living transferred to the monuments of the dead.},
  author       = {Staecker, Jörn},
  booktitle    = {Archaeology of Reformation 1480-1580},
  issn         = {1740-4924},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {415--436},
  publisher    = {Maney Publishing},
  title        = {A Protestant habitus: 16th-century Danish graveslabs as an expression of changes in belief},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2003},
}