The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry is a complimentary volume to The Legends of the Saints in Old Norse–Icelandic Prose (UTP 2013). While its predecessor dealt primarily with medieval prose texts about the saints, this volume not only focuses on medieval poems about saints but also on Icelandic devotional poetry created during the early modern period. The handlist organizes saints' names, manuscripts, and editions of individual poems with references to approximate dates of the manuscripts, as well as modern Icelandic editions and translations. Each entry concludes with secondary literature about the poem in question. These features combine to make The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry an invaluable resource for scholars and students in the field.
‘Kirsten Wolf and Natalie Van Deusen have produced a bibliography that will be a treasure trove for medievalists, notably hagiologists. They are to be congratulated and also the University of Toronto Press for publishing this most valuable work.’
The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry is the first handbook of its kind and therefore extremely welcome, useful, and inspiring. Students and scholars are going to discover unedited material waiting to be researched and published. Hopefully, we shall see more editions, various studies on poetry and saints and, not least, on the manuscript and literary culture in early modern Iceland.