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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Kristin Lavransdatter is a young girl in 14th century Catholic Norway, the daughter of a well-to-do landholders. The trilogy offers a compelling and interesting, but not pleasurable, read. Kristin and her parents, her former betrothed, her sisters, and finally her husband and children suffer continual disappointments, usually caused by the fallen nature of the people they love most. Lavrans, Kristin's father, is upright and honorable, devoted to God and indulgent toward his eldest daughter. His love for Kristin then becomes a source of pain when he sees that she has willfully thrown away honor and prudence, and knowingly deceived him in her relentless pursuit of what she wants: marriage to Erlend Nikulausson. Kristin's story is continued in the The Mistress of Husaby and The Cross.

Title:The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter I
Author:Sigrid Undset
Date published:1920
Genre:Historical Fiction
Series:Kristin Lavransdatter
Number of pages:288


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