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AM 181 c fol.

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Bevus saga; Útskálar, Iceland, 1638-1652

Name
Þorsteinn Björnsson 
Occupation
 
Roles
Undetermined 
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Name
Kålund, Kristian Peter Erasmus 
Birth
19 August 1844 
Death
04 July 1919 
Occupation
Librarian, scholar 
Roles
Scholar 
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Name
Springborg, Peter 
Birth
28 January 1938 
Occupation
 
Roles
Scholar 
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Name
Sigurður Björnsson 
Birth
01 February 1643 
Death
03 September 1723 
Occupation
Lögmaður 
Roles
Owner; Scribe 
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Name
Iceland 
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Contents

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Filiation

AM 181 a-l originally were components of a single paper manuscript containing Riddarasögur. This codex was commisioned by Þorsteinn Björnsson, who was the minister of Útskálar on the Reykjanes peninsula in south-western Iceland from 1638 to 1660. During his years in office, Þorsteinn had much medieval Icelandic litterature copied. His source for the riddarasögur now in 181 was Stockholm Perg. 4to nr. 6.

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Bevus saga
Rubric

“Hier Byriast | Bevus Saga”

Language of Text

Icelandic

Physical Description

Support

Paper.

No. of leaves
ii + 12. 294 mm x 195 mm
Foliation

There are two kinds of foliation due to the manuscript being split up from a larger codex: the original foliation, 501-512, indicates their position in the original codex. Later they have been renumbered 1-12.

Layout

Written in double columns.

History

Origin

AM 181 fol is written at Útskálar, Iceland. Kålund dated it to c. 1650 (Katalog), but according to Slay it was probably copied between 1638 and 1652 (Slay 1972, p. 23a). Peter Springborg, however, thinks that the manuscript was mainly written in the 1640es (Springborg 1977 p. 81-86).

Provenance

AM 181 fol. belonged to the man who commissioned the manuscript, Þorsteinn Björnsson (1612-75). Subsequently lögmaður Sigurður Björnsson took it into possession.

AM 181 a-l fol. once belonged to the same codex but they were divided into smaller components and AM 181 d and g-l fol. are now transferred to Iceland.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 22-02-2002 by EW-J.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian Kålund
Romances: Perg. 4:o Nr. 6 in The Royal Library, Stockholm, Early Icelandic Manuscripts in Facsimileed. D. Slay1972; X
Peter Springborg“Antiqvæ Historiæ Lepores: Om renæssancen i den islandske håndskriftproduktion i 1600-tallet”, 1977; VIII: p. 53-89
Bevers saga, ed. Christopher Sanders2001; 51
Stefán Karlsson“Dæmi um sögnina "fría" (Samtíningur)”, Gripla1977; II: p. 197-198
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