Dr. Mayus recounts an Icelandic bloodfeud that almost created a saint


On February 13, HAC professor Dr. Melissa Mayus presented her talk titled “Bloodfeud and Miracles: Creating and Killing a Saint.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is her complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson was a physician and chieftain in Iceland who was drawn into a bloodfeud that ultimately resulted in his death. This late medieval saga gives us a fascinating look into the life of a medieval surgeon and shows how even an admirable person at the time could be unwillingly drawn into a feud in medieval Iceland.


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