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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 Priests

The Priests

(p.179) 5 The Priests
The Christianization of Iceland

Orri Vésteinsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the condition of priests in Iceland in the twelfth century. There was an acute shortage of priests between 1148 and 1152 due to economic instability wherein the society or its ecclesiastical institutions could not afford to keep young men in lower Orders for years on end and not put them into service. In contrast, in the latter half of the twelfth century, many chieftains decided to become priests because they were beginning to lose out in the race for power.

Keywords:   priests, Iceland, priest shortage, ecclesiastical institutions, chieftains

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