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“The Father Of The Poor”?

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The third section of Jónsbók, which is devoted to the royal tax and the amount of money the payer should have for himself and the ómagi he takes care of, focuses on the difference between the two. Also Árni Þorláksson's Christian Law and Járnsíða place the categories ómagi and þurfamaðr as synonyms in many cases, and the term fátækr is discussed separately in many other passages. Children, old people, disabled people who could have been classified as ómagar were among the beneficiaries of the posthumous miracles or those which took place during his priesthood. One might argue that the incident demonstrates both Guðmundr's prophetic skills and his intention to chastise the man; the passage is a rather standard example of &t;holy vengeance&t;, one of quite a few in Guðmundar sögur. GD focuses on the idea of Guðmundr as &t;the father of the poor&t; more than any other narrative.

Keywords: þurfamaðr ; Árni Þorláksson; Christian Law ; Father; Guðmundar sögur; Guðmundr; Járnsíða; Jónsbók; ómagi; poor



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