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Hallvard Vebjørnsson (c. 1020-1043), commonly referred to as Saint Hallvard, is the patron saint of Oslomarker. He is considered a martyr because of his defense of an innocent woman.

According to tradition, St. Hallvard was the only son of Vebjørn of Husaby, a local nobleman in the district of Liermarker, which at the time was a part of the diocese of Oslo. His mother, Torny, was related to St. Olaf, the patron saint of Norwaymarker. Little is known of his life, and all traditional stories relate to his death.

While defending a woman, most likely a slave, who had been given sanctuary on his ship from three men accusing her of theft, Hallvard was killed, together with the woman, by arrows from the men. The woman was buried on the beach. Hallvard, however, was bound with a millstone around his neck, and the men attempted to drown his body in the fjord of Drammenmarker, but it refused to sink and as a result their crimes were discovered.

Veneration

Hallvard has been revered as a martyr for his defence of an innocent person since medieval times, and a cathedral bearing his name was finished in Oslo in 1130, where his relics were stored. St. Hallvard's Cathedral was for large parts of its existence the main church of Oslo, but it fell into disrepair in the 17th century and is today a ruin. His feast day is May 15.

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