Jón Halldórsson (bishop)

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First Name Jon
Last Name Halldórsson
Birthday 30th November, 1274
Died 1339
Nationality Icelander

Jón Halldórsson (c. 1275–2 February 1339, or Candlemas) was a Roman Catholic clergyman, who became the bishop of Iceland (1322–1339). He served in the diocese of Skálholt. He grew up in Norway as a friar of the Dominican order and has been assumed to have been of Norwegian birth, though since his mother's name, Friðgerðr, is unknown outside Iceland, he may in fact have been Icelandic. He studied both theology in Paris and canon law in Bologna, and his learning is seen as remarkable in contemporary Icelandic sources; Laurentius saga has him as one of Iceland's two best Latinists at his time, as fluent in Latin as in his mother-tongue. He was elected bishop following Grímr Skútuson and consecrated on August 1, 1322, but did not arrive in Iceland until the following year. He was noted for bringing the Icelandic Church more closely into line with canon law and for his skill as a preacher and storyteller; the introduction to Klári saga claims that it is based on a Latin romance discovered by Jón in France, and there is a strong case that this is true, while Jón's fame as a gatherer of stories is clear from Laurentius saga. He died in Norway at Candlemass 1339.

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