Gissur Ísleifsson

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Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)

Gizurr Ísleifsson was the second Catholic bishop of Iceland and is a pivotal figure in the history of Iceland and Icelandic literature as the person who first institutionalised the Icelandic church, secured its economic foundation and directly or indirectly facilitated the earliest known Icelandic writings.

The son of the first bishop of Iceland, Ísleifr Gizurarson, and the grandson of Gizurr the White, missionary of King Óláfr Tryggvason, Gizurr Ísleifsson was educated in Saxony according to the history of Skálholt, Hungrvaka. He had travelled widely around Europe and been in Rome and, according to legend, King Haraldr of Norway had declared him fit to be a viking, a king or a b…

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Gissur Ísleifsson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 September 2022 [, accessed 08 February 2023.]

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