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This chapter has examined and discussed the construction of Guðmundr's cult in the Icelandic written sources. The earliest written source included in this study which reports Guðmundr's consecrations and the miraculous properties of the holy water is the earliest extant narrative about him, GP, written in the 1240s. Second, that Auðunn, Ormr and Jón, hoping to reconcile with the monks and the rest of society, affected Guðmundr's cult by focusing on his relics, but also by influencing the image of the saint in the sagas, perhaps hoping that his example would explain or excuse their behaviour. Second, this assumption seems to be supported by the way in which the anniversary of the death of the three Icelandic holy bishops is referred to. The 'truth' about saintliness is indeed revealed through the depiction of specific action in the life of the saint.

Keywords: Auðunn; consecrations; Guðmundr; holy bishops; Icelandic; Jón; Ormr; saint



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