Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa, 38 [Vol. 7, 915]

[All]: Stanzas 38-9 celebrate S. Lucy of Sicily, while sts 40-1 refer to S. Lucy of Rome, who does not seem to have been venerated in Iceland. There are two fragments of a C14th saga of S. Lucy of Sicily (Unger 1877, I, 433-6; Foote 1962, 26; Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 319; Wolf 2003, 148-51, 177-8), and relatively weak evidence of her cult before c. 1200 (Cormack 1994, 118-19). Lucy’s story is that she rejected her pagan suitor Pascasius, who denounced her as a Christian. She was miraculously saved from a brothel and from death by fire. She was finally killed by a sword thrust through her throat.


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