A Viking Queen's Legacy

A Viking Queen's Legacy

by Alfreða Jonsdottir


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The Queen of Dubhlinn is a powerful position for any woman, and Aud, the youngest daughter of Ketill Flat-Nose, readily agrees to marry into this prestigious role. Beautiful, intelligent, competitive, and very ambitious, this young woman has grand plans for the future. Olaf, a charismatic warrior-king, becomes the key to her master plan. In the beginning, the marriage is a passionate union, but the King's infidelities begin to wear thin. Searching for a distraction to shut out her pain, she allows her curiosity to take over and fearlessly delves into learning about Christian principles. Although confident within her own pagan beliefs, her obsession for knowledge and understanding of their ideology soon captivates her. Or is it the young red-haired priest who captivates her? Will this obsession challenge her pagan values?

Set in the ninth century, this tale draws on the Icelandic sagas for its characters and details, depicting the expansion of these Northmen in Ireland, Scotland, and the northern islands through a strong female protagonist. Aud the Deep-Minded actually existed, and is honoured by the people of Iceland as one of its original settlers in their Landnámbók, or Book of Settlements. Approximately four hundred people arrived from different parts of Europe, including the areas represented in this story, and spawned a nation of poets and writers. The Icelandic sagas, over a thousand years old, are a treasured collection of family sagas waiting to be explored.

A Viking Queen's Legacy is a story of one woman's life that opens a window on these infamous Northmen and their expansion and fight for land, wealth and power. She acquires all of that and more and finds love in the midst of surviving hate, dynastic struggles, and treachery, leaving a legacy of family spread throughout the northern islands, including Iceland.

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ISBN-13: 9780228841869
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 11/30/2020
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

This is my second book, where once again I borrow characters from the ancient Icelandic manuscript, Laxdæla Saga. I am married and live in Calgary, Alberta, where I am working on my third novel. We have one son who is married with two daughters and lives in the same city. I use the pen name of Alfreða Jonsdottir-why? Jonsdottir literally means that I am the daughter of Jon (John), so I do this in memory of my father, Gudjon John. I hold an honours diploma in Library and Information Management (LIT) from SAIT.

contact information: alfredajonsdottir@gmail.com

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