The Reformation and Ribe

The Reformation and Ribe

The Reformation and Ribe

Created by Else Agergaard, Valdemarskolen
Consultant: Jan Meesenburg, Educational Development
 
Teacher’s intro
This is an educational course on The Reformation and Ribe.
 
The Reformation changes the balance of power between the Church, the King and the people. Nationalism awakens during the Reformation, and at the personal level each individual and their family are suddenly responsible for their own spiritual development, education and making their own way in the social society after the Reformation.
 
The Reformation changes the balance of power between the Church, the King and the people. Nationalism awakens during the introduction of the Reformation. The history books support that theory.
The awakening is not only at the national level, but also for each individual and their family, who are suddenly responsible for their own spiritual development, education and making their own way in the social society after the Reformation.
 
This material consists of:
-      A description of the aims of this educational course – history
-      The Reformation in Ribe – an example of an educational course referring the main issues of Danish history
-      Ribe before the Reformation
-      The Reformation – an introduction
-      “Protect your homes” – a morning song by Skipper Clement
-      Lyrics from the “The Children’s Mirror” by Niels Bredal in 1568
-      A day of school in 1560
-      The Reformation and Hans Tavsen – a timeline – pupils´ task
-      The Reformation and Hans Tavsen – a timeline – teacher’s guide
-      50 alters turned into one
-      Check up on your knowledge – a pools coupon and the key
-      A GPS race on “Ribe during the Reformation”(links)
 
Aims
Working with the Reformation will provide you with
 
An understanding of development and relations
-      Tell about families and communities and incidents affecting their family lives
-      Tell about the balance of power between the Church and the King in Denmark
-      Tell about famous Danish men and women, and evaluate if the effect of their effort is visual today.
-      Describe the interaction between an individual community in society and the over all national community in a development perspective.
 
Chronological view
-      Repeat historical tales from the Danish history and create a time zone and relate it to the world you live in.
-      Describe how Danish history interacts with the world outside
-      Be familiar with the terms of an epoch-making time and place it in a chronological context
 
Interpretation and communication
-      Use different medias for achieving knowledge
-      Create simple historical problems and discus the firmness of the historic tales
-      Create simple historical tales and create your own historic settings based on your knowledge.
 
Problems
-      How was the Church able to maintain the power through the Middle Ages?
-      Why was the importance of the churches and convents so immense?
-      What caused the Reformation?
-      What was the effect of the Reformation concerning the Church, the society and for the people of that time in e.g. Ribe?
-      How did the Reformation affect the school?
-      What was Hans Tavsen’s role in the Reformation?
 
Activities
-      Relate important events from the Reformation to Hans Tavsen to provide the pupils with knowledge of cultural influence.
-      The pupils make a timeline on the Reformation and Hans Tavsen
-      The pupils sing songs concerning the Reformation.
-      The pupils create small plays about the Reformation
-      The pupils watch movies concerning the relation between the Church and the King
-      The pupils make alters and create tales on Ribe during the Reformation
-      The pupils work with the issues of upbringing and formation in the time of the Reformation.
-      The pupils visit Ribe and take part in the GPS race
-      The pupils visit the Ribe Cathedral.
 
 
Description
In the early 16th century the Reformation caused a division of the western Christianity and formed the Protestant ecclesiastical society. The implementation of the Reformation was foremost caused by Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German monk and theologian, who aimed a fundamental criticism against the Catholic Church through his 95 theses.
 
Reasons
The Reformation was a riot against the idea of the Pope being the intermediary between man and God. Luther claimed that every man was directly facing God and thus argued for the vicars’ judging. Salvation could no longer be obtained by indulgence and penance, but only by believing in God. Wherever the Reformation spread, it caused a rejection of most dogmas, and monasteries and celibacy were given up, and furthermore preaching in the native language and using wine in the Holy Communion was brought back. The Reformation was based on the Renaissance’s way of thinking and became a riot against many ideas of The Middle Ages. The Reformation was introduced in Denmark in 1536 and consequently replaced by a Church administrated by the King instead of the Pope.
 
Perspectives
-      The geographic growth of the Reformation
-      The social function of the Church before and after the Reformation.
-      The Renaissance and the Reformation
-      The Reformation and the balance of power through Europe
-      The Church and the development of the schools in Scandinavia
-      Counter-Reformation
-      Religious challenges in Europe today
-      The Reformation’s effect on local history