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 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.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151014408
015101440X
Branch Call Number: B GUD
Characteristics: 306 p. : map ; 24 cm

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May 04, 2019

Fascinating! I learned so much!

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mwphelan
Nov 16, 2018

The author expands on details of medieval Norse life and times by following the life of one historical woman, Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir. who is listed in Icelandic records and is a prominent figure in the Greenlander Saga. Gudrid was the mother of Snorri, the first European child born in North America. After her family left Vinland to settle in Iceland, she eventually went on a pilgrimage to Rome. The author takes us to archaeological sites, conversations with experts, and fills us in on fascinating facts. Very interesting.

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dannelson99
Jun 04, 2016

The author mixes historical context with the subject matter excellently. The subject is a incredibly fascinating character from the Icelandic sagas. Really worth the time to read.

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