Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kristin Lavransdatter grows up happy and loved, despite her sister's handicap and her mother's moods. However, this changes when she reaches the age for betrothal. Her childhood love is killed in a fight over her, which causes gossip in her home town. Her father finagles an honorable marriage for Kristin to Simon Darre, but she does not love him. While spending a year in a convent before her marriage, she meets Erlend Nikulausson, whose dashing ways win her heart. She and Erlend convince themselves that if they promise one another to act as man and wife before God, they do not need a priest to consecrate their marriage. They have sex in a brothel, and Simon Darre finds out. Will Kristin's father allow her to marry the man she loves--and the father of her unborn child?
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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