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A picture of Ragnheiður and others painted in Copenhagen 1684

Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir (1646 - 1715) was the daughter of the Icelandic priest Jón Arason and his wife Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir. She was one of twelve children, and became the wife of two consecutive bishops in the Hólar see -- Gísli Þorláksson and Einar Þorsteinsson. Ragnheiður was considered one of the finest marriagable women of her time and was an active seamstress. She taught this skill actively.

Ragnheiður is probably best known for gracing the front of the 5000 Icelandic Krónur bank note. When this note was introduced, the Central Bank of Iceland tried to find imagery related to Icelandic women and their contribution to Icelandic culture.


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