The Far Traveler

The Far Traveler : Voyages of a Viking Woman

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Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed of the edge of the known world. With her were three Viking crews in open boats, as well as a bull, a few cows, and some sheep. She was looking for Vinland, a fabulous land that Leif Eiriksson had discovered when he was caught in a storm while sailing west across the icy North Atlantic from Norway. Gudrid landed in the New World and lived there for three years, giving birth to a baby before sailing home.
Or so the Icelandic sagas say. Even after archaeologists found a Viking longhouse in Newfoundland, no one believed that the details of Gudrid's story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been Gudrid's last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the sagas suggested it would be.
In The Far Traveller, Nancy Marie Brown joins scientists experimenting with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and traces Gudrid's steps on land and in the sagas to reconstruct a life that spanned - and expanded - the boundaries of the known world. In doing so, she sheds new light on the society that gave rise to a woman even more extraordinary than legend has painted her and illuminates the reasons for its collapse.
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  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.76 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • United States
  • English
  • 015101440X
  • 9780151014408

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