Bloodfeud and Miracles: Creating and Killing a Saint
Paper Given by Melissa Mayus
Delivered at Trine University, Indiana, on 13 February 2018
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.
Melissa Mayus is an Assistant Professor of English at Trine University, Indiana, and completed a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a dissertation on “Conceptions of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon Poetry.”