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date: 28 March 2020

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This chapter explores the challenges presented for marking the anniversary of the Reformation as a historical event. It considers the role of memory and commemoration in contemporary accounts of the Reformation, particularly the efforts to create public narratives. History and memory, so central to the ways in which the Reformation is understood as a seminal moment in Western culture, were also integral to the movement itself. The chapter examines the ways in which the Reformers of the sixteenth century sought to establish their claim on history in order to justify and make sense of the present. The Reformers believed that change was part of continuity with the past.

Keywords: memory, commemoration, Reformation, anniversaries, history writing

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