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The Christianization of IcelandPriests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300$
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Orri Vesteinsson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207993.001.0001

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The First Christian Institutions

The First Christian Institutions

(p.58) 2 The First Christian Institutions
The Christianization of Iceland

Orri Vésteinsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the writing of the Life of St Jón, as well as the relationship between Bishop Gizurr and the tithe law of 1097. It was difficult to write the Life of St. Jón because his saintliness seems to have gone unnoticed until the late 1190s, more than 70 years after his death. Gunnlaugr chose to emphasize two aspects of his episcopacy such as his commitment to education and his efforts to improve Christian practice in his diocese and increase faith in God among his flock. Meanwhile, the tithes only began to be paid in the time of Bishop Gizurr. It was because of Gizurr that it was made law that all men calculated and valued their property, and swore that it was correctly valued, whether it was in land or moneys, and then paid tithe on it.

Keywords:   St. Jón, Bishop Gizurr, tithe law, Gunnlaugr, Christian practice, Christian institutions

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