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Ísleifur Gissurarson (1006-July 5 1080), an Icelandicmarker clergyman, became the first bishop of Icelandmarker, following the adoption of Christianity in 1000 A.D.

His parents were Gissur Teitsson of the Mosfellingar clan and Þórdís Þóroddsdóttir. After studying in Herfordmarker in Germanymarker, he was made bishop of Iceland in 1056 by Athelbjart archbishop of Bremen. He built up a see in his family homestead in Skálholtmarker and founded a school. One of his students was Jón Ögmundarson, who later became the first bishop in Hólarmarker. Ísleifur served as bishop for 24 years, right until his death. His wife was named Dalla Þorvaldsdóttir and they had three sons: Þorvaldur, Teitur and Gissur, the latter taking over as bishop after his father's death.


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