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Author Brown, Nancy Marie.

Title The far traveler : voyages of a Viking woman / Nancy Marie Brown.

Imprint Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  970.01 B879    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 306 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-292) and index.
Summary Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed past the edge of the known world. She 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, few believed that the details of Gudrid's story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneering woman's last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the sagas suggested it could be. Joining scientists with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and tracing Gudrid's steps on land and in the sagas, author Brown reconstructs a life that spanned--and expanded--the bounds of the then-known world.--From publisher description.
Contents Prologue: Gudrid the far-traveler -- At sea -- Ransacking the past -- A very stirring woman -- The terror from the North -- The land-taking -- Eirik the Red's green land -- Land of wine or walrus -- The house of the sagas -- The farm of merry noise -- From witch to nun.
Subject Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir -- Travel.
Women -- Iceland -- Biography.
Women -- Greenland -- Biography.
Vikings -- Biography.
Viking ships.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Iceland.
North America -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
Iceland -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
ISBN 9780151014408

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