Renewd interest in medieval manuscripts

1600-1700

A renewed interest in medieval Icelandic manuscripts in Iceland, Denmark and Sweden during the 17th century led to increased writing and copying of old manuscripts, mostly on paper.

This surge of interest in Icelandic manuscripts, which resulted in a systematic collection, preservation and research in the field, is linked to the advent of humanism in Iceland. Arngrímur Jónsson, author of the Crymogaea, a history of Iceland from settlement till the 16th century, is among the best known Icelandic humanists from the period.