Lady Inger of Ostrat by Henrik Ibsen
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Lady Inger of Ostrat (Fru Inger til Østeraad) is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Written in 1854, it was his third play.
Lady Inger of Ostrat is loosely based on the life of Inger Ottesdotter Rømer (c.1475-1555), the wealthiest landowner in Norway in her era. She was the heiress of the powerful Rømer family and became known for her political intrigues. Her life story took place against the backdrop of the collapse of the Kalmar Union, the struggle for Norwegian Independence, and the Reformation.
Lady Inger of Ostrat bore a strong anti-Danish sentiment and was part of the National Romantic movement in Norway in Ibsen’s time. In this play, Lady Inger is portrayed as the leader of a rebellion against Danish rule. As a young woman, she had a son with her Swedish lover, who was taken back to Sweden by his father. Despite her hatred of the Danish, she marries a Dane to form alliances with her enemies. After being widowed, Lady Inger is called once more to lead the struggle against the Danish. However, she ends up being caught between her desire to protect her son and her patriotic duty.
Lady Inger Ottisdaughter Romer
Widow Of High Steward Nils Gyldenlove.
Lady Inger’s daughter.
Danish Knight And Councilor.
An Outlawed Norwegian Noble.
Major-domo At Ostrat.
Bailiff At Ostrat.