Reformation in Estonia

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1523

The confession of faith reached Tallinn from Germany through Riga (started by Martin Luther in 1517). Disorders took place in Tallinn, Tartu and Narva in 1524, where mobs destroyed catholic symbols, like sacred pictures and altars, to show their support to the reformation. By 1525, most Estonian cities had clearly sided with supporters of the new creed. Some of the nobles joined as well, but most vassals stayed true to the old faith.

Martin Luther

Landlords of Old-Livonia opposed the reformation, because that would have meant the liquidation of their positions. Nonetheless, in time, many of them started supporting the new movement. In 1550s, the archbishop of Riga and the Master of the Order were Lutheran. The catholic structures of the state were preserved until the end of the Livonian war.

Source: A.Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg "Eesti ajalugu I" 1997 "Avita"


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