Quote from "Godfather's Picture Book" (1868)

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Is there a bonfire to burn popish images? Or is the hangman standing there, as he stood at the death fire of Slaghoek? The King, ruler of all the land, is a Lutheran, and this shall now be proclaimed with solemnity.

"Noble ladies and highborn maidens, with high collars and caps of pearls, sit behind the open windows and see all the splendor. Beneath a canopy near the King's throne, the councilors of state sit in antique dress on an outspread carpet. The King is silent, but his will, the will of the council of state, is proclaimed in the Danish tongue. Commoners and peasants are sternly rebuked for the opposition they have shown to the nobility. The commoner is humbled, and the peasant becomes a slave. Now condemning words are uttered against the bishops of the land. Their power is gone, and all the property of the church and cloisters is transferred to the King and the nobles.

"Pride and hatred are there, and pomp and misery, too.

The poor bird comes limping, drooping,
Comes stooping.
The rich bird comes huffing,
Comes puffing.

"The time of change brings heavy clouds, but sunshine, too; it then shines in the halls of learning and in the student's home. And names shine from it on down to our own days. There is Hans Tousen, the son of a poor smith of Fyn:

This was the little lad who came from Birkende town;
His name flew over Denmark; widely spread his renown.
A Danish Martin Luther, he drew the Gospel sword,
And gained a mighty victory for truth and for the Lord.

"There is also the immortal name of Petrus Palladius; that is the Latin, but in Danish it is Peter Plade, Bishop of Roskilde, also the son of a poor smith of Jutland.

Registered motifs in this quote:

  1. Church
  2. Priest
  3. Religion

Keywords: Catholicism, protestantism, reformation


"popish": Catholic". Slaghoek: Didrich Slagheck, priest, counsellor for King Christian II. Later he became a bishop. Hans Tausen (1494-1561) was a significant Danish reformer of the church, priest, became later a bishop. Petrus Palladius (1503-60), bishop. 1867 A.C.L. Heiberg issued his Visitatsbog, which is a central source of knowledge about the church and culture in the age of Reformation (in Denmark). Source: H.C. Andersens eventyr vol. 7, p. 327f, DSL/Borgen 1990.