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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the themes discussed in this book. The book examines the portrayal of Gudmundr's saintliness in the sagas and the depiction of the growing veneration of the bishop which led to an organized cult. The book attempts to clarify whose initiative had the predominant impact on the &t;construction process&t;, and under what circumstances it happened. It also allows a general comparison of the cult of that particular holy bishop to that of the other two Icelandic saints, as well as to the foreign ones imported to Iceland. The book discusses different aspects of Gudmundr's sanctity, with the focus on the authorial perspective and type as well as context of the written source.

Keywords: Gudmundr's saintliness; holy bishop; Icelandic saints; veneration



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