In a new article in the historical journal Historisk tidskrift, Kajsa Brilkman takes issue with an established interpretation of the Reformation in Sweden. Drawing on international scholarship and utilising methods from the history of the book, she argues that the term “the Reformation” should be reserved for the first half of 16th century, a period in which print was an arena where different views about Luther and the religious process of change were created and negotiated. By contrast, the term “Confessionalization” should be used for the second half of the century, highlighting the aim to stabilize the various confessional churches and to consolidate and reinforce identities and shared values.
A summary in English of the article “When did the Reformation end? Reformation, confessionalization and the representation of Martin Luther in Swedish 16th-century print” is given here: