A psychological drama about one of the most significant women of the Middle Ages.
At the age of ten, Margrete married the King of Norway and was sent away from home. She is Valdemar Atterdag’s youngest daughter, born in 1353, and her task in Norway is simple: She must give birth to an heir to the Norwegian throne and link the kingdoms closer together.
When Valdemar dies without leaving a son, there is no obvious successor to the throne. Despite internal strife and the threat of war from outside, Margrete succeeds in having her five-year-old son elected king of Denmark. She rules on his behalf and has a clear vision of the future from an early age: the Nordic countries must unite into one kingdom – and she must take the lead.
The story of Margrete I goes beyond her contemporaries. It is a novel about how a young woman defies the framework of a woman’s life in the Middle Ages and sets out to use her power to create peace. It is a gripping psychological portrait of an unusual political endowment that continues to fascinate across centuries; a story about the medieval Nordic countries, about loneliness and drive, love, faith and superstition
Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen has written a masterful medieval novel about Margrete I, which contains both the chamber's intensity, the thriller's great political intrigue and the mythical magic of the legends. (…) Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensens makes the medieval woman Margrete I appear aliveWeekendavisen, Denmark
In her new great novel Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen pulls Margrete I out of oblivion and gives her a royal treatment (…) The book is extremely well preparedPolitiken, Denark
In a superb novel, Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen portrays Margrete I as born to power (…) There is magic in the writing. A wild and meticulous style at once characterized by pace and intensityInformation, Denmark
Five stars for a new novel about the Nordic region's greatest power woman of all time (…) You eat Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen's 'Margrete I' with skin and hair, words and linguistic floral flora. The nearly 700-year-old regent is brought to life in a matchless language and emerges as a current role modelBerlingske Tiderne, Denmark, 5/6 stars
Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen has written a large and thorough novel about Margrete I (…) Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen is a confident and professional author whom pulls poetic images out of her sleeve in a stream that never seems to have any endKristeligt Dagblad, Denmark