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Transforming a Viking into a Saint

Gunilla Iversen

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.003.0018
Transforming a Viking into a Saint

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The Norwegian Viking Olaf Haraldson (St. Olaf of Norway) was a feared and controversial warrior and king in his lifetime. In 1031, a year after his death, however, his body was transferred to the high altar of the church of St. Clement at Nidaros (now the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway), and from that time he began to be venerated as a holy man and a saint. A wide variety of textual genres include material relating to Olaf. These range from Icelandic saga material through historical Latin chronicles to Latin liturgical texts. This chapter outlines the relations between the sagas and legends and the liturgical texts.

Keywords: Olaf of Norway; Olaf Haraldson; Office; religious institutions; Norway; Trondheim; cathedral; St. Clement at Nidoros

Chapter.  12913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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