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Einarsson, Gissur

(Gizur; ca. 1508–48). First Luth. bp. of Iceland 1540–48; attended cathedral school, Skalholt; Ögmundur Palsson, RC bp. Skalholt, sent him to Ger. for further study; attracted to Lutheranism, but did not tell Palsson, who approved the election of Einarsson as his successor; went to Den. and received consent of Dan. king for Luth. ordination; on Einarsson's return, Palsson was arrested and taken to Den., dying perhaps en route; Einarsson was ordained in Copenhagen 1542; energetic, an efficient administrator, and poet. SP

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