Anonymous, Þorláks saga [The saga of St Þorlákr]

Ásdís Egilsdóttir (University of Iceland)
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Þorláks saga

has been preserved in three versions (A, B, and C) in the vernacular. The main version of

Þorláks saga

A is Stockh. Perg. fol. No 5, dated to 1360. An older fragment of the A version is AM 383 4to, from the mid thirteenth century. The B-version, probably composed during the reign of Bishop Árni Þorláksson (1269 – 98) is preserved in the early fourteenth manuscript AM 382 4to, and additionally in some fragments in British Library Add. 11242. The C version is preserved in seven manuscripts. It can be used to fill lacunae in the fragmentary preserved B-text.

Þorláks saga

has an important place in the history of Icelandic literature. It is the first life of an Icelandic saint, composed by one of the bishop’s contemporaries, and a fine example of a clerical writer of…

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Citation: Egilsdóttir, Ásdís. "Þorláks saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2023 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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