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Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter 'trod all underfoot and braved all that you might come together'

Sigrid Undset’s medieval trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter is the story of the fiery Kristin Lavransdatter from her girlhood to old age. Kristin is the eldest daughter of Ragnfrid and Lavrans (hence Lavrans-datter), a God-fearing farmer whose knowledge of animals and plants and skill at hunting have made him a wealthy landholder. 1,139 more words

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Wednesday's Words

“And yet He had held her in His service and under the glittering gold ring a mark had been secretly impressed upon her, showing that she was His servant owned by the Lord and King who would now come, borne on the consecrated hands of the priest to give her release and salvation.”

Faith

Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter

I recently finished The Cross, the third volume of Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter.  

It took me a year to reread this stunning trilogy, set in fourteenth-century Norway.  1,235 more words

What Norway has that Sweden doesn't

… is a common Swedish joke. What does Norway have that Sweden doesn’t? You guessed it, a good neighbour. According to the Swedes. The other way round, perhaps, according to the Norwegians. 438 more words

Sweden