Note to stanza
7. Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa, 22 [Vol. 7, 905-6]
[All]: Stanzas 22-4 praise the virgin martyr S. Catherine of Alexandria, also the subject of Kálf Kátr (q.v.) and a C14th saga (Unger 1877, I, 400-21; Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 304-5; Wolf 2003, 123-41, 174-6). Her cult in Iceland, though popular, appears not to have taken hold until C13th (Cormack 1994, 86-8). According to legend, Catherine of Alexandria was a high-born, learned and beautiful virgin who denounced the worship of pagan idols to the emperor Maxentius and successfully debated this issue with fifty philosophers, who then converted to Christianity. She refused to deny her Christian faith and marry the emperor, for which she was beaten and then imprisoned. Later she was tortured on a spiked wheel, but it fell to pieces, leaving her unhurt. Finally, Catherine was beheaded, and milk, not blood, flowed from her severed veins. Angels carried her body to Mount Sinai.
Unger, C. R. ed. 1877. Heilagra manna sø… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Mey 22, n. All (SkP 7)
Cormack, Margaret. 1994. The Saints in I… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Mey 22, n. All (SkP 7)
Wolf, Kirsten ed. 2003. Heilagra meyja s… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Mey 22, n. All (SkP 7)
Kálf, Kátr ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Mey 22, n. All (SkP 7)