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Adolescence And First Steps Towards A Clerical Career

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Guðmundr Arason's adolescence was the period of time which might be considered his proper formative years. This chapter presents the impact which the saint's first close friend, Þorgeirr, had on shaping his character. Both Ingimundr and Þorgeirr provided him with education and guidance in his clerical career, but also in spiritual experiences, without which, as the saga authors claim, the saint would have been a considerably different person. It was the death of Þorgeirr that caused the major change in Guðmundr's life, not his ordinations, not the parting with Ingimundr, or even Ingimundr's death. This change turned Guðmundr into a devout clergyman and developed the features that later gave him the nickname "the Good": He became especially focused on charity and spent hours praying, often at nights.

Keywords: adolescence; clerical career; Guðmundr Arason



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