Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Undset, Sigrid.
New York : Knopf, 1996.
ISBN 0394432622
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Starting off during her happy 14th century Norway childhood, Kristin grows up in a loving and supportive family. Later, her father arranges for her to marry a decent neighbor for whom Kristin feels no love.  She chooses, instead, to defy social customs and her family’s wishes by marrying the charming knight she is in love with, Erlund Nikkulausson.  This choice ends up being a cause of much sorrow and suffering for Kristin throughout the rest of her life as Erlund is quite fickle and flawed.  This historical novel, for which the author won the Nobel Prize, is actually a trilogy (The Bridal Wreath; The Mistress of Husaby; The Cross) in one volume that gives fascinating details about the daily life of one medieval Scandinavian woman.  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
SUBJECTS:     Women -- Norway -- Fiction.
                        Norway -- History -- Fiction.
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