Protestant Reformation

1550

In 1550 the King of Denmark decreed that Icelanders adopt Lutheranism. Catholic monasteries, which were central in the documentation of sagas, thus ceased their activity.

Translation of scripture and religious material was predominant onward, but preservation of manuscripts containing chivalric sagas or sagas of knights was also maintained. The protestant church reigned supreme during this period, but secular literature managed to prosper beneath the surface.