Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
The troubles of the Steinfinnssons began when Tore Toresson sent his youngest son to the royal bodyguard at Bergen. There Steinfinn Toresson saw Ingebjorg Jonsdatter, who had come from Denmark with young Queen Ingebjorg, and he fell in love with her. King Magnus, however, had already promised the girl to his friend, Mattias Haraldsson. Steinfinn was in the Orkneys that winter. The next summer, he went to Bergen and stole Ingebjorg out of the king’s court.
Although Tore was displeased with his son, he gave the couple the manor at Frettastein, where they lived as if in lawful wedlock. After a time, the queen reconciled all concerned, and Steinfinn and Ingebjorg held their wedding at the royal court in Oslo. Ingunn, their first child, was three years old when her parents were wed.
Meanwhile, Mattias Haraldsson had gone into foreign lands, so that Steinfinn had little thought of his ill will. When Steinfinn and Ingebjorg had been married about seven years, however, Mattias came one night with his men, bound Steinfinn, and shamed him before his household. After Mattias rode home to his own manor, young Olav Audunsson cut his foster father’s bonds. Steinfinn swore that he would not sleep with his wife until he could show the world that she was his without Mattias’ leave.
Steinfinn, however, had no revenge at that time, for Mattias sailed again to foreign lands. Meanwhile, life grew slack and somber at Frettastein. Steinfinn often...
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