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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa, 9 [Vol. 2, 441]

[1] Bôr ‘Bari’: A town in south-eastern Italy, where the relics of S. Nicholas, C4th bishop of Myra, were taken in 1087. The shrine, consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1089, became one of the great pilgrimage destinations of medieval Europe. Bari, which is mentioned in Abbot Nikulás’s Leiðarvísir ( I, 20), was apparently a place of special interest to the Icelanders. See also Anon NikdrIII and Sigfús Blöndal 1949.


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