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The life of St Eustace, or Placidus as he was called before his conversion, was one of the best known legends in late medieval Europe, and is preserved in a large number of Latin collections of saints’ lives, and also translated into various vernacular languages, including Old Norse.
The Old Norse-Icelandic prose versions of the life of St Eustace - translated from latin in the 12th century - are referred to collectively as the Plácidus saga; it is among the earliest legends preserved in Old Norse. The poetic version, because of its specific metrical form, is called the Plácidus drápa.