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The Mistress of Husaby (Kristin Lavransdatter #2)

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The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin—beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate—stands with th ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 12th 1987 by Vintage (first published 1921)
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Clif Hostetler
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This is the second book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. In my review of the The Wreath , the first book of the trilogy, I indicated I didn't feel optimistic about the marriage that took place at the end of the first book. This second book of the trilogy focuses on their married life (about 16 years covered by this book) during which they have seven children. The husband ended up not being as bad as I had feared. Based on fourteenth century expectations he could be rated as a mostly good h ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Kristin Lavransdatter 2: Husfrue=The Wife (Kristin Lavransdatter #2), Sigrid Undset
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1928 yılında nobel' i alan bu Norveçli kadın yazarın sanırım ülkemizde yayınlanmış tek kitabı. O da Kristin Lavrandsdatter üçlemesinin 2. kitabı. Kitap Kristin adlı bir kızın hayatını anlatırken aslında geri planda Norveç tarihi hakkında çok şey söylüyor. keşke olsa keşke bilinse en azından bari bu üçlemenin diğer kitaplarını okuyabilsek.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
3 1/2 stars

# 2 in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy and to my mind a bit of an improvement on the first. Probably because as Kristin grows up and takes on the responsibility of being mistress of the Husaby estate we learn more about the day to day life of those times in a way that we really couldn't when she was a young girl and just running around deciding who she was going to marry.

Kristin is a bit of a contradictory character. After her flightiness of the previous book I wasn't prepared for h
Tatyana Naumova
Нет, почему уже два тома позади(
Barksdale Penick
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Kristin Lavransdatter series somehow reappeared in my life several months after I finished the first one, which I had loved. This tale is set in medieval Norway, which was united and relatively prosperous and had turned to Christianity recently enough that the old gods still held some sway here and there. Kristin is now married to a flawed man, but they love each other and raise 6 boys. I found the beginning a little slow, with debates about religion and faith going on for ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this even more than The Wreath...The characters really came alive for me in their complexity, and new depths to their personalities were revealed, often as the characters were experiencing revelation themselves. It was interesting to learn so much more about Kristin's parents and their relationship, and to watch Kristin grow to understand more about them. As we mature we are increasingly (hopefully!) able to see others apart from their relationship to ourselves and their importance to ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to booklady by: Carol Thelan
It's not hard to see why/how Kristin Lavransdatter (the trilogy) won the 1928 Nobel Prize for Literature. This saga is amazing in so many respects: authentic attention to detail, moving narrative and deep insight into the human psyche. I am longing for someone who has read the book, to discuss it with me.

The author has done a phenomenal job presenting the slower-paced, farming-based, medieval life, centered on traditional values marked by a calendar of saint's days. She describes the local folk
This book covers in great detail the Norway of the 14th century. Kristin gives birth to 7 sons, her husband is still reckless but tries hard. Their love is apparent even though they are both flawed.
The funeral preparation for Kristin's father was a strange highlight.
As in the first book, there were long sections of dialogue or internal thoughts mainly from Kristin and Erlend. Then occasionally there would be a major incident to bring life back into the story. However for me, there was a bit too
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

I expected to like this volume even more than the previous one, because in general I prefer content I’ve seen less often, and the story of a woman making her way as a wife and mother is much less common in my reading than the story of her falling in love and trying to avoid arranged marriage. But I actually prefer the first volume. The Wreath has its almost melodramatic moments, but it definitely kept me interested, while The Wife – covering about 15 years of Kristin’s married life – sl
Alex Marshall
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat to my surprise, I finished this, part 2 of "Kristin Lavransdatter". Surprised, because in one way it's chick-lit -- 1920s mediaeval Norwegian chick-lit. Besides, it's heavy on the Church, sin retribution etc, and very slow and detailed. But the detail has its own fascination; if you've ever wondered what 14th-century Norwegian farming families ate for dinner, and what they wore while eating it, and who sat where, and what they talked about, not to mention how long they sat there and whe ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintagegems
This is the second book in the trilogy.

I feel that Undset has done a good job of immersing the reader in the life of people in this time period, be it poor or rich. Definitely 'calamitous' times.

Religion was a staff to people then when life was so fragile and insecure. I am a christian but not a Roman Catholic and so it is interesting to me how the people sought intercession through those that had gone before. I believe it makes sense that the people would find solace from this.

Kristin feels dee
The Wife is book two of the Kristin Lavrensdatter cycle, or trilogy, or life-story, or series...I'm really not sure what to call it. The first book, The Wreath, follows young Kristin's first 19 years as an unmarried maiden in 14th century Norway, ending with her wedding. Book #2 picks up with Kristin's arrival at her husband's estate and follows the next 15 odd years of her married life, most of which is spent ill in bed, pregnant, or recovering from pregnancy. In other words, much happens and y ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, series
Translated from the Norweigian by Tiina Nunnally

In the second part of Kristin Lavransdatter, we see a married and respectable Kristin. The story covers quite a few years. We see Kristin enter her bridal home, Husaby, give birth to all seven of her sons and finally, fight for Erlend's freedom.

In The Wife, there were fewer of the beautiful descriptions of the landscape which I so enjoyed. Instead, we saw the day-t0-day life of a mistress. Upon entering Husaby, it is very clear to Kristin that it n
Julia Langnes
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I really dont like books in series, at least not lately. I think its far better to just leave it as one book, though I guess it depends on the author. I really shouldn't be so judgemental. This is the second book in the series and it deals more with the problems of a wife, rather than a young adult as it did in the first one. This means more talk of arguing couples, politics, house making, and babies. Not very relatable to a 16 year old girl like me, bu ...more
Laura Edwards
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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The second instalment of noble laureate Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, The Wife, continues the story of Kristin Lavransdatter now that she is married to Erlend Nikulaussøn. She must manage the estate at Husaby and raise a ever-growing family while still coming to term with the consequences of her actions in the first book. Yet also, her husband becomes involved in a plot to install a rival king on the throne and this interweaving of historical action with the everyday lives of Un ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norway
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Yvette Kinney
The second of a three-book series. This one is similar to the first. Mostly discusses the Catholic church and its hold on the people, as well as bringing political issues into play. I am less and less enamored with the protagonist, Kristen Lavransdatter, as the series progresses. I understand that Undset is trying to write believeable characters that have good and bad qualities, but Kristen doesn't come across as believable to me. She jumps from being unrealistically smitten with her husband to ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the second book on the life of Kristin Lavransdatter. In this book we learn more about Kristin's life as wife and mother. She now has 6 boys to care for and she manages the Husaby estates while her husband is off traveling throughout Norway. In this book we are made aware of the troubles she has relating with her past transgressions before her marriage, her relations to religious life, and everyday life in 14th Century Norway. The latter half of the book deals with the plot ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنا المراجعة كاملة عن الأجزاء الثلاثة
أما سيدة هوسابي: فهو الجزء الثاني من حياة كريستين، من انتقالها إلى ضيعة زوجها (هوسابي) و حتى محنته... في هذا الجزء سقطت الرواية من عالم الأحلام على أم رأسها إلى الواقع... خلافاتهما، حملها و ولاداتها المستنزفة للصحة، ادارتها شؤون ضيعة زوجها، قلبها المليء بالمرار اللامنطقي، المحنة التي نزلت بهم... يعني هي الرواية التي تخبرنا ما يحدث بعد أن يتزوج البطل من البطلة...0
و أظنها ستعجب الذين يميلون للروايات الاجتماعية، كما أن الش
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was slow-going for me, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I did The Bridal Wreath. Both Kristin and Erlend frustrated me to no end. I found it hard to be sympathetic towards Kristin because she held so many grudges against Erlend, even though he seemed to be treating her well in their marriage. Erlend is so rash, and it became apparent at the end of the book that he really will never grow up and take responsibility for his own actions. Nevertheless, I always enjoy the wonderful descripti ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this volume of Undset's epic, we see what Kristin's early marriage with Erlend is like. She bears seven sons, in rapid succession, and learns just how strong a bond motherhood brings. And how that strains her relationship with her carefree husband. An equally touching side story is her repentance for her misdeeds in Book 1 and her subsequent reconciliation with her father. The only reason it has four stars instead of five is because of my frustration with Erlend throughout the book. Not the a ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alas, I trow, until I reached the last sixty pages naught else but the weight of payment of past sins, which laid so heavily on Kristin Lavernsdatter's thoughts and actions, began to fill my guilty mind too...
Until that is as I finished the last one hundred pages the action of a little political intrigue and treason changed the pace of it all. Now all I want is to pick up the third installment and keep going.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction buffs
Recommended to Angela by: My Minneapolis-Scandinavian mother in law
This series is a wealth of cultural tidbits about Medieval Europe, Norway, Catholic neurosis, native paganism, and it's a gossipy, literate story, too! There were aspects that were very difficult for me to stomach, but I couldn't put the books down. The novels paid off all the way up to the rather shocking but historically appropriate (tragic) ending.
Kevin Jepson
i LOVED the first one. parts of the second one bored me to medieval tears. too much blabber for 200 pages about Erlend's political ambitions with and against the Korpensteeters, Lakransmans, Skars and Poppenstooters in Blantz, Krols and Footenvilla. i lost track.
Aug 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Lots of children are born. Lots of marital strife occurs. Much like the Emperor Strikes Back, this middle episode of the epic trilogy is a dark and twisty coming of age for the central character, biding time until the cycle reaches it's nadir with the Black Death.
Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake
Just re-read this novel. The whole series serves as a kind of purging of all the crap I often read. Love it so much. Thank you, Tiina Nunnally, for such a wonderful translation. What a gift.
(Okay, Stephen and Philip, I admit it. They're really good)
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Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. In 1924, she converted to Catholicism and became a lay Dominican. She fled Norway in 1940 because of her opposition to Nazi Germany and the German occupation, but returned after the end of World War II in 1945.

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