This chapter discusses the condition of priests in Iceland in the twelfth century. There was an acute shortage of priests between 1148 and 1152 due to economic instability wherein the society or its ecclesiastical institutions could not afford to keep young men in lower Orders for years on end and not put them into service. In contrast, in the latter half of the twelfth century, many chieftains decided to become priests because they were beginning to lose out in the race for power.
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