Kristin Lavransdatter - The Cross

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The Cross' is the third in the trilogy of historical novels called Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Read Books Ltd
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Apr 16, 2013
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380
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9781447482208
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English
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Fiction / Classics
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Kristin Lavransdatter interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century. The trilogy, however, is more than a journey into the past. Undset's own life—her familiarity with Norse sagas and folklore and with a wide range of medieval literature, her experiences as a daughter, wife, and mother, and her deep religious faith—profoundly influenced her writing. Her grasp of the connections between past and present and of human nature itself, combined with the extraordinary quality of her writing, sets her works far above the genre of "historical novels." This new translation by Tina Nunnally—the first English version since Charles Archer's translation in the 1920s—captures Undset's strengths as a stylist. Nunnally, an award-winning translator, retains the natural dialog and lyrical flow of the original Norwegian, with its echoes of Old Norse legends, while deftly avoiding the stilted language and false archaisms of Archer's translation. In addition, she restores key passages left out of that edition.

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 Sigrid Undset’s Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this well known, and amazing fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her own experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the human heart.

One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Undset was no stranger to hagiography. Her meticulous research of medieval times, which bore such fruit in her multi-volume masterpieces Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken, acquainted her with some of the holy men and women produced by the Age of Faith. Their exemplary lives left a deep impression upon the author, an impression Undset credited as one of her reasons for entering the Church in 1924.

Catherine of Siena was a particular favorite of Undset, who also was a Third Order Dominican. An extraordinarily active, intelligent, and courageous woman, Catherine at an early age devoted herself to the love of God. The intensity of her prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor won her a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and she was called upon to make peace between warring nobles. Believing that peace in Italy could be achieved only if the Pope, then living in France, returned to Rome, Catherine boldly traveled to Avignon to meet with Pope Gregory XI.

With sensitivity to the zealous love of God and man that permeated the life of Saint Catherine, Undset presents a most moving and memorable portrait of one of the greatest women of all time.

Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind.

Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon.

Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud.

Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund.

HUSFRUE er andet bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Kransen og Korset. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996.

Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928.

Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter:

"De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden

"Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb


"historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar
Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind.

Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon.

Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud.

Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund.

KORSET er tredje bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Kransen og Husfrue. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996.

Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928.

Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter:

"De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden

"Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb


"historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar
Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind.

Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon.

Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud.

Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund.

KRANSEN er første bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Husfrue og Korset. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996.

Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928.

Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter:

"De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden

"Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb


"historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar
 Sigrid Undset’s Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this well known, and amazing fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her own experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the human heart.

One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Undset was no stranger to hagiography. Her meticulous research of medieval times, which bore such fruit in her multi-volume masterpieces Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken, acquainted her with some of the holy men and women produced by the Age of Faith. Their exemplary lives left a deep impression upon the author, an impression Undset credited as one of her reasons for entering the Church in 1924.

Catherine of Siena was a particular favorite of Undset, who also was a Third Order Dominican. An extraordinarily active, intelligent, and courageous woman, Catherine at an early age devoted herself to the love of God. The intensity of her prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor won her a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and she was called upon to make peace between warring nobles. Believing that peace in Italy could be achieved only if the Pope, then living in France, returned to Rome, Catherine boldly traveled to Avignon to meet with Pope Gregory XI.

With sensitivity to the zealous love of God and man that permeated the life of Saint Catherine, Undset presents a most moving and memorable portrait of one of the greatest women of all time.

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