Ísleifur Gissurarson

Ísleifur Gissurarson (c. 1006 – 5 July 1080), an Icelandic clergyman, became the first bishop of Iceland, following the adoption of Christianity in 1000 AD.[1]

His parents were Gissur Teitsson and Þórdís Þóroddsdóttir. After studying in Herford in Germany, he was made bishop of Iceland in 1056 by Athelbjart, archbishop of Bremen. He built up a see in his family homestead in Skálholt and founded a school. One of his students was Jón Ögmundarson (1052-1121), who later became the first bishop in Hólar. Ísleifur served as bishop for 24 years, right until his death. His wife was Dalla Þorvaldsdóttir and they had three sons: Þorvaldur, Teitur and Gissur, the latter taking over as bishop after his father's death in 1080. [2][3]


  1. ^ "Isleif Gissurarson av Skálholt (~1006-1080)". Den katolske kirke. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gissur Ísleifsson av Skálholt (~1042-1118)". katolsk.no. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jón Ögmundsson av Hólar (1052-1121)". Den katolske kirke. Retrieved November 1, 2019.

Other SourcesEdit

  • Sauser, Ekkart (2001). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Herzberg: Bautz. p. 704. ISBN 3-88309-086-7.
Preceded by
Bishop of Skálholt
Succeeded by