The Secret of Kristina of Norway
Original title: Los escarpines de Kristina de Noruega
Author: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade
13th century. The Reconquest is at its very peak. A plague of lobsters devastates Castile and a woman, in front of the pain labor, stops her horse in the inhospitable moors of Toledo. Before giving birth, she makes something strange: she buries her beautiful bed socks and their hidden secret with them. The woman is Beatriz de Suabia and the child coming to the world is the future Alfonso X The Wise. Next to Beatriz there is her mother-in-low, Mrs. Berenguela La Grande, the most influential woman on the future king, for which she has planned a glorious fate: turn him into the emperor of the Sacrum Roman Empire. Years later, when princess Kristina of Norway arrives to Castile to marry Alfonso, she will have the bed socks in her hands. But how this could be possible? And above all, which is the mystery they hold?
Taking advantage of these true events, passionate and nearly unknown episodes of the history of the Spanish and Norwegian 13th century, Sánchez-Andrade builds a novel that becomes a touching and surprising fable.
SPANISH | Roca Editorial
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