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The Hagiographic Context

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This chapter discusses the St Magnús Corpus, Robert's Life of St Magnús, princely martyrdom, and the literature on princely martyrs and the periphery. The main published studies on the Magnús corpus are Einar Ól. Sveinsson’s chapter on Orkneyinga saga (OS) and the Magnús sagas in his Sagnaritun Oddaverja, Finnbogi Guämundsson’s preface to his Íslensk fornrit edition of OS and the Magnús sagas, and Magnús Már Lárusson’s study of the saint’s cult in Iceland. The earliest of the three Icelandic works is OS, dating from the first half of the thirteenth century. It is evident that the content of Legenda de sancto Magno (Leg.) was intended for liturgical purposes. The key work within the preserved Magnús corpus, has been dated on stylistic grounds to the fourteenth century. Magnús saga lengri (MSL) is constructed from two main building blocks: the Icelandic OS and Robert’s Latin Life of St Magnús.

Keywords: Iceland; Legenda de sancto Magno (Leg.); Magnús saga lengri (MSL); Orkneyinga saga (OS)



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