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The Far Traveler

Voyages of A Viking Woman
Brown, Nancy Marie (Book - 2007)
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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.
Authors: Brown, Nancy Marie
Title: The far traveler
voyages of a Viking woman
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 306 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Marie Brown
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
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.
ISBN: 015101440X
9780151014408
Branch Call Number: 970.013 B879f 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Excavations (Archaeology) Iceland Viking ships Sagas Vikings Biography Women Greenland Biography Women Iceland Biography Iceland Discovery and exploration Norse North America Discovery and exploration Norse Guðrið Þorbjarnardóttir Travel
Topical Term: Excavations (Archaeology)
Viking ships
Sagas
Vikings
Women
Women
LCCN: 2007006081
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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.

A Viking woman explorer? This book examines the evidence that at least one woman made the voyage to Vinland, in North America, and gives lots of great details about Viking life circa the year 1000. You'll never guess what Greenlanders made clubs out of... -Erika

Through archaeology and close reading of the sagas, Brown tells the story of Gudrid, who traveled far indeed - from Iceland, to Greenland, to North America, and in later life, to Rome.


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