The Viking prince Rurik is credited with the founding of the Russian nation and a large monument was erected in the city of Novgorod to honor him. Rurik’s wife Princess Efanda was not included in the monument and American author Judith Martin has a problem with this.
Ms. Martin, based in Atlanta, Ga., believes that the princess is an equal founder of the Russian state and wants Russian president Vladimir Putin to build a separate monument in Novgorod to honor Princess Efanda.
Ms. Martin’s new children’s picture book “Saga of a Princess” is dedicated to the memory of this forgotten Viking princess. Prince Rurik is offered and accepts the throne of Novgorod, a city across the sea, but wants his wife Princess Efanda to stay behind in Scandinavia. Efanda sneaks off and leaves for Novgorod. While on his way to Novgorod, Rurik runs into his wife and is shocked to know that she made the journey that he thought was too dangerous for her. Princess Efanda proved that she is just as brave and adventurous as her husband Prince Rurik.
Saga of a Princess is the second book in Ms. Martin’s Pantheon of Beauty series on beautiful and inspiring women from across the globe. Ms. Martin’s love for fashion, geography and global cultures is what led her to write her books. “I want to empower all the women and young girls of the world with each book. My books are a reflection of the diversity among all the beautiful women of the world. It’s time women start defining beauty for themselves,” said Judith. PRNewswire