Anonymous, Ambrósíuss saga biskups [Saga of Bishop Ambrose]

Davide Salmoiraghi (University of Cambridge)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

The Old Norse-Icelandic saga of St Ambrose of Milan (374–97),

Ambrósíuss saga biskups

(lit. “Saga of Bishop Ambrose”), belongs to the genre of Saints’ Sagas (

heilagra manna sögur

, lit. “sagas of holy men”), which comprises prose legends of male and female saints translated and adapted from foreign sources into Old Norse in medieval Iceland and Norway (see Wolf 2021). The saga is ultimately based on the most popular hagiographical account of the saint’s life,

Vita Ambrosii

(BHL 377), which was written by the bishop’s last secretary, the deacon Paulinus, in 422. Aurelius Ambrosius had had a successful career as a prefect and governor, when on 7 December 374 he was elected to the archbishopric of Milan, then capital of the Western Roman Empire. His firm defence of…

2117 words

Citation: Salmoiraghi, Davide. "Ambrósíuss saga biskups". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2023 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

41084 Ambrósíuss saga biskups 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.