This trilogy, a pillar of Scandinavian literature, follows a woman's life in 14th century Norway from the innocent naïveté of first love, to the inexorable passion that sets her at odds with her beloved father and dictates her destiny, through the pains and disillusionments of married life, to the bitterness and reflections of old age. More than just an engrossing evocation of medieval Norway, Kristin is a profound observation of life and the heart, relevant in any age. A haunting masterwork.— Reva
Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) was a Norwegian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Her most famous work is the trilogy "Kristin Lavransdatter" about life in Norway during the middle ages. First published in 1927, "The Cross" is the third in the trilogy and the final chapter in the story of strong-willed heroine Kristin and her attempt to rebuild her life in the wake of the Black Death. This fantastic novel is highly recommended for those with an interest in medieval Scandinavia and constitutes a must-read for fans of Undset's wonderful work. Read & Co. Books is republishing this classic novel now complete with an excerpt from 'Six Scandinavian Novelists' by Alrik Gustafrom.