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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle AgesMethodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography$
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Rebecca A. Baltzer and Margot E. Fassler

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.001.0001

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Transforming a Viking into a Saint

Transforming a Viking into a Saint

The Divine Office of St. Olav

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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Gunilla Iversen

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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

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