Not an easy read, but ultimately worthwhile with the seemingly accurate depictions of life in 13th century Norway. I enjoyed reading it- it got easier as it went on.
I could not put this down! Gave it to my DDs to read, how NOT to behave with a man! Great historical setting and notes in back to explain
Undset is a Norwegian novelist since 1927. Its a story of a woman's life in the 14th century in Norway . The Bridal Wreath describes a stormy romance of a young man perhaps overly fond of women, of whom her father strongly disapproves.
This heroine reminds me a lot of Scarlett O'Hara in her selfishness and obsessions with the wrong men. But of course, she's in Norway in the Middle Ages, instead of America during the civil war. The writing and story is captivating, and the glimpses of medieval life are equally fascinating. Although the story is mainly about Kristin, I loved the occasional scenes of the other significant people in the story- all the characters are compelling in their own right. I'm definitely planning on reading the other two books in the trilogy.
I first read this book as a high school student in the 1950's and never forgot it. When I came across a copy of it recently I was very drawn to it and knew I would enjoy reading it again all these years later. It is a fascinating look at medieval Norway and the details and notes reflect the enormous amount of research which went into the writing. Aside from the historical significance, Kristin is a character readers will find themselves attracted to as the book details her growing up years. I am intent on reading the rest of the books written about Kristin's life.
Millions of readers have been enthralled by the romantic saga of the spirited, unconquerable Kristin Lavransdatter, one of the most unforgettable heroines in modern fiction. Hers is a great story of a woman's passion, sin and nobility - set against the color, the earthiness and the violence of medieval Norway.
PART ONE: THE BRIDAL WREATH - A novel of passion. Sin and innocence, desire and dignity collide early in Kristin's life - as she is forced to choose between her proud father's honor and her own loyalty to a dangerous love.
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath is part I in the 3 part series deatailing the life of Kristin, the daughter of a good, honest, noble land-owner in medieval Norway. It is an intricately woven tale rich with history, beliefs, customs, and everyday life. It is a novel of passion. Sin and innocence, desire and dignity collide early in Kristin's life-as she is forced to choose between her proud father's honor and her own loyalty to a dangerous love.
Included in this book are footnotes, diagrams and drawings to help you better understand the text. Reading this series has been an enriching, enjoyable experience.
The story of a woman's life in 14'th century Norway.
The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prizewinning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its narrative of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin-beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate-stands with the world's great literary figures. Highly recommended!! This is the first of three volumes!
one of the most unforgettable heroines in modern fiction. nebelo prize winning
"The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin--beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate--stands with the world's great literary figures."