The Story of Forgotten Norwegian Viking Princess Becomes a Book

Prince Rurik is often credited with the founding of the Russian nation by himself and a large monument was built to honor him in Novgorod, Russia. Efanda has not received any recognition, history has forgotten about her. The neglect of this brave Norwegian Viking princess who became the mother of the Russian state is what fueled Ms. Martin’s passion to write her picture book.

In the picture book, Prince Rurik is offered and accepts the throne of Novgorod, a city across the sea, but wants Princess Efanda to stay behind in Scandinavia. Efanda manages to sneak 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. In the end, Princess Efanda proves that she is just as brave and adventurous as her husband Prince Rurik.

Prince Rurik has already been honored for his contributions to Russian history so Ms. Martin would like Princess Efanda to receive similar recognition. Ms. Martin has started a petition with to advocate the building of a monument for Princess Efanda in Novgorod. 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. Judith cites her love for fashion, geography and global cultures as the reason she writes her books. “I want to empower all the women and young girls of the world with each book,” said Judith.  

Saga of a Princess is available for purchase at and

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