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Letter to Margrét Kláusdóttir

    This is a letter dated 1 April 1657 from Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson of Skálholt to Margrét Kláusdóttir, the Danish wife of foged Tómas Nikulásson. Margrét had remained at the couple’s residence at Bessastaðir in Iceland while her husband was away for the winter in Denmark. The bishop asks Margrét to provide her account of the dispute between her husband and the local Minister, Rev. Sigurður Torfason, who has accused Tómas of inappropriate behaviour. Wives of foreign-born officials living in seventeenth-century Iceland are typically invisible in surviving documents from the period, and this letter is a rare exception.

    Original source name : Bréf tilskrifað Margréti Kláusdóttur
    English translation : Letter to Margrét Kláusdóttir
    Creator : Religious institutions
    Document- type 1 : correspondence
    Reference number : AM 270 fol. (ff. 96v-98r)
    Language(s) : Danish
    Geographical coverage : Iceland
    Time range : 17thc.
    Year(s) : 1657
    Theme 1 : family
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    Archive name : Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum
    Archive name (English) : Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
    Archive address : Árnagarði við Suðurgötu, 102 Reykjavík
    City : Reykjavík
    Country : Iceland
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